Japanese Language and Judo Centres to be Established in Bhutan


At the meeting with Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay in Tokyo, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe said that Japan would support the establishment of a Japanese Language Proficiency Testing Centre and a Judo Centre in Bhutan.

Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Summit meeting in Tokyo. (Source: https://thebhutanese.bt)


By Staff reporter | The Bhutanese


Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay was in Japan for a four-day official visit to thank the government and the people of Japan for their friendship and generous assistance in realising the successful implementation of the 11th Plan.

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and his delegation arrived in Tokyo on April 10. While in Japan, Lyonchhen received an audience with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito, the Prince and Princess of Akishino and Princess Mako.

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay also visited various Japanese Ministers, according to a foreign ministry press release.

Lyonchhen met with Mr. Katsunobu Kato, the Minister of Health, Mr. Ken Saito, the Minister of Labour and Welfare and Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Establishment of a Japanese Language Proficiency Testing Centre and a Judo Centre in Bhutan

At the meeting with Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay in Tokyo, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe said that Japan would support the establishment of a Japanese Language Proficiency Testing Centre and a Judo Centre in Bhutan.

The language centre is expected to enhance the employment prospects for Bhutanese youth. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay also met and interacted with young Bhutanese studying the Japanese language under the Earn and Learn programme.

Joint JICA-Bhutanese activities in Bhutan.

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On 11th April, a Summit meeting was held between Lyonchhen and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. At the meeting, the two Prime Ministers had wide-ranging discussions on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern.

Lyonchhen thanked Prime Minister Abe for Japan’s assistance which contributed to the successful implementation of the 11th FYP. He also requested for Japan’s continual support in the areas of agriculture, including farm mechanisation, infrastructure, health, education, human resource, information technology, rural development and employment, the press release stated.

Japan’s continual support to Bhutan’s socio-economic development needs

Prime Minister Abe said that Japan-Bhutan relations have advanced remarkably over the years. He recalled the visit of Princess Mako to Bhutan and the state visit to Japan by His Majesty The King in 2011. Prime Minister Abe assured Lyonchhen of Japan’s continual support to Bhutan’s socio-economic development needs.

Lyonchhen also visited Soma City in Fukushima on 12th April, 2018 and presented a consecrated statue of the Thangtong Gyalpo to the Mayor of Fukushima.

The statue was a gift from His Majesty The King to the people of Soma city. The statue was presented along with a Kasho from His Majesty The King.

Lyonchhen also visited the IHI Green Energy Centre in Soma City and the Nissan Motor Corporation in Tokyo.

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and his delegation returned to Bhutan on 15th April, 2018.


This article first appeared in The Bhutanese and has been edited for the new Bhutan Times.


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