Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is in Japan to attend the enthronement
ceremony of Emperor Naruhito together with some 50 foreign dignitaries the
In the course of his four day stay in Tokyo, Mr. Babiš is scheduled to hold talks with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and other foreign leaders.
Ahead of his departure the Czech prime minister described Czech-Japanese relations as “excellent” saying Japan was one of the leading investors in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s Lukáš Krpálek has been crowned world champion in
the heavyweight, over 100 kg category at the World Judo Championships in
Tokyo. Krpálek, who is 28, beat Hisayoshi Harasawa of Japan in
He was previously world champion at a lower weight category but switched to 100kg+ after winning the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is set to meet his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, during a five-day visit to Japan at the end of June, the Czech news Agency reported. Mr. Sobotka will also meet the speaker of the lower house of the Japanese Parliament, Tamadori Oshima, and Crown Prince Naruhito. He will be accompanied by a delegation that includes other members of the Czech cabinet and business people on a trip marking the 60th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two states.
As part of this year’s edition of the One World International Human Rights Film Festival, which is currently on in Prague, the German-produced independent documentary Radioactivists – Protest in Japan provides a rare and up-close look at Japanese protests in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It is being shown in the Youth Quake category, which features films that portray young people’s struggle for change in countries around the world. I asked co-director Clarissa Seidel, who made the film together with her good friend Julia Leser, about
A group of 27 children from the tsunami-devastated region of north-east Japan are to spend a week-long wellness stay in the Czech Republic. The visit has been arranged by the Czech-Japanese society which set up an aid fund for the victims of the natural disaster which struck Japan a year ago. The event was organized with the aid of the Czech Olympics Committee and gymnastics queen Věra Čáslavská who won three gold medals in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and is extremely popular in Japan. In 2010 Japan honoured Věra Čáslavská with the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun for her contribution to cultural understanding between the two countries.
This year’s Earth Day –on April 22 -will be devoted to earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters, the Czech Academy of Sciences announced on Monday. The Academy which annually organizes seminars, workshops for children and public debates on Earth Day, said this year’s topics had been selected due to an enormous wave of interest in these phenomena on the part of the general public following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Harmless levels of radiation from Japan have reached the Czech Republic. The Office for Nuclear Safety reported on Friday it had registered miniscule traces of radioactive iodine which were not considered dangerous to human health. In the last few hours similar findings have been reported from Sweden, Finland, Poland and Bulgaria. On the other hand, the possibility of contaminated imported food remains a threat and inspectors are taking regular samples.
The Czech army sent two aircraft to Japan on Tuesday in order to evacuate Czech citizens who want to leave the country following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Among those set to return are 106 members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which is on an annual tour in the country that was intended to wrap up on March 20. On March 18 the orchestra was to play in Sendai, a port town that has been devastated by the tsunami, and on the next day in Kawasaki, where the roof of the concert hall was destroyed. The orchestra’s director David Mareček said the group was moved from Tokyo to Kanazawa in western Japan due to the radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Czech women’s volleyball team has suffered its second defeat in the world championships being played in Japan. The Czech team went down 2:3 in sets against current Olympic title holders Brazil. In the opening game the Czechs lost 0:3 to the Netherlands. The Czechs still have three matches to play in the opening group stage. These are against Porto Rica, Kenya, and Italy.
One of the biggest hits with audiences at the One World film festival, which came to a close in Prague on Thursday night, was Japan: A Story of Love and Hate. It is a portrait of a non-conformist, fifty-something ‘kept man’ whose much younger girlfriend holds down three jobs, including being paid to talk to men in bars. While very funny, the documentary also offers a fascinating insight into Japan’s rigid culture, including scenes of workers whose day begins with obligatory exercises and chants about achieving targets. I asked its English director