Japanese Parliamentary League Highlights Interest in Cuba

On the agenda of the Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, was the visit to the city of Hiroshima

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-06-02 | 17:33:53 EST
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TOKYO, June 1ro.- The Japanese Parliamentary League of Friendship with Cuba expressed to the First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, its high interest in advancing trade and political cooperation with Havana.
 
Upon receiving Diaz-Canel, who completed on Wednesday his second day of official visit to Japan, Keiji Furuya, chairman of the Japanese League, reviewed the progress of bilateral relations, especially in the last two years.
The congressman recalled his stay in Havana in 2014, when a delegation of over 230 members held various exchanges and participated in the ceremony commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival in Cuba of the first Japanese samurai, Hasekura Tsunenaga.
 
These and many other events mark the momentum alive today in these territories in a new era of vitality and it promotes a deep interest in investment and collaboration of our entrepreneurs in Cuba, said Furuya, as PL reported.
Likewise, he highlighted the progress of the island in different spheres and described it as a nation of reference in Latin America.
 
Meanwhile, the senior Cuban leader explained that several events have influenced the revitalization of ties since 2014. Among them he mentioned the debt renegotiation with Japanese insurer Nippon Export and Investement Insurance (NEXI), an entity that intends to return to issue commercial insurance for exports to Cuba.
 
He also illustrated the possibility that the Japanese side apply non-reimbursable funds, providing funding for major projects in health, agriculture and cultural work in Cuba.
 
Likewise, he noted that diplomatic ties between Tokyo and Havana date from 1929, always based on mutual respect and understanding.
 
Diaz-Canel appreciated the role of the League in developing bilateral ties and invited Japan to take advantage of the updating of the economic model that Cuba is implementsing, the new Law on Foreign Investment and the Mariel Special Zone Development to increase the presence of Japanese businesspeople on the Caribbean island.
 
On Wednesday, Diaz-Canel also visited Hiroshima, where he was welcomed by Mayor Kazumi Matsui. The Cuban leader reaffirmed the unchanging position of Havana in the struggle for peace and nuclear disarmament.
 
The Cuban First Vice called the city heroic for the resistance of the people against the cruel and unjustifiable bombing suffered on August 6, 1945 at the hands of the US Army.
 
The people of Cuba have been, for more than 50 years, the target continuous aggressions. We share and understand the pain of the victims and relatives of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, said Diaz-Canel, who recalled the visits to the territory of Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara in 1959, and the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, in 2003.
 
The atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima was a criminal, unnecessary and morally unjustifiable act, said the Cuban leader, who toured the Atomic Bomb Museum with the Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra; Cuba's ambassador in Japan, Marcos Rodríguez Costa, and other companions.
 
In this enclave Cuban delegation it was received by Emiko Okada, a 79 year old survivor of who personally suffered the attack. Okada recalled the huge number of children who died that day.
 
Upon completion of the tour, Diaz-Canel wrote in a book of condolences his feelings to "a people able to survive, rebuild and leave a legacy of dignity that humanity must never forget."
 
Translated by ESTI

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