Message from H.E.M.Tsutomu OSAWA

2018/10/9
H.E.M.Tsutomu OSAWA
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Cameroon.
I arrived in Cameroon on October 9, 2018 as Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon. The Embassy of Japan in Yaoundé equally has jurisdiction in the Republic of Chad and Central African Republic.
 
In Japan, Cameroon firstly evokes "the country good in football". However, with its surface area 1.3 times larger than that of Japan and its population of about 23 million, Cameroon has the reputation of being qualified as "Africa in miniature" because of ; its abundant natural resources, its fertile lands, its rich nature and its social and cultural diversity based on more than 250 ethnic groups. In addition, Cameroon is a bilingual country (French and English) where both official languages ​​are used on TV and in newspapers, and bilingual education is applied from primary school.
 
Japan and Cameroon have been building friendly relations for many years. Many remember the stay of Cameroon's national football team in Nakatsue, Oita Prefecture, during the football World Cup co-hosted by Japan and South Korea in 2002. Indeed, the inhabitants of the village of Nakatsue warmly welcomed the Cameroonian team who chose this village as their training site. Since then, the ongoing relationship between Nakatsue and Cameroon has led to, amongst other things, the birth of the Oita-Cameroon Friendship Association in August 2017 and the celebration of the National Day of Cameroon in May 2018 in Nakatsue.
 
More to that, both countries are linked by multiple exchanges. The 66 main pillars of the Buddhist temple Kofuku-ji, rebuilt in 2018 for the first time in 300 years, were built with Cameroonian wood such as Apa or Doussie. Wood is Cameroon's second largest export after oil. Japan, for its part, ensures that its cooperation projects for Cameron remain as active as diverse. From education to agriculture passing through the support of SMEs, not forgetting academic and cultural exchanges.

As for Chad and Central Africa, both landlocked countries rich in underground resources, have surface areas respectively 3.4 times and 1.7 times larger than that of Japan, with each having 14 million and 5 million inhabitants. For both countries, Japan continues to implement economic cooperation projects, particularly in collaboration with international organizations. 

During my career, I have gained experience working on problems of developing countries, including African countries; at the Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva, with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and at the Permanent Mission of Japan in Vienna, with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Now that I am concretely in Africa, I would like to actively get involved on issues related to development in Africa. 

In May 2018, Mr. Sato, State Minister to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, paid a visit to Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic. In August 2019, Japan will organize TICAD 7 in Japan. On this occasion, it is hoped that relations between Japan and Africa will be further strengthened.
 
During my tenure, I will do my best, in close collaboration with you all, to develop relations between Japan and Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic.
 
Tsutomu OSAWA
Ambassador of Japan in Cameroon
 

Profile of H.E.M. Tsutomu Osawa
Born in 1957 in Aichi, Japan, Mr. Tsutomu Osawa obtained a B.A. from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo and a M.A. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University.
He entered the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Japan in 1979, and was appointed among other positions Director for the Protection of Japanese Nationals Overseas, Principal Deputy Chief of Protocol, Minister at the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Korea, Consul General at the Consulate General of Japan in Houston, USA and in Shenyang, China, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna. He equally occupied the positions of Director of the Administration Division, Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, and Auditor of the Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations.