Japans ambassadør i København, Seishi Suei, besøgte Ilulissat 30.-1. juli og Nuuk 1. juli til 4. juli.
Formålet med besøget er at styrke det kulturelle, forskningsmæssige og økonomiske samarbejde mellem Grønland og Japan.
Japan er i år i særligt fokus for Naalakkersuisut, da der planlægges afholdt et grønlandsk fremstød i Japan i december 2014.
Under besøget åbnede ambassadøren desuden den Japanske Film Festival 2014 i Katuaq, som foregår i dagene 2. – 4. juli sammen med Minister for Finanser og Indenrigsanliggender, Vittus Qujaukitsoq.
Åbningen af filmfestivalen fandt sted d. 2. juli kl. 17:00 i Katuaq.
Tale afholdt af Vittus Qujaukitsoq:
“Welcome to opening of the Japan Film Festival 2014 In Nuuk. In the next two days, we will experience a brief of insight of Nihon Eiga – or simply called as Hóga.
I am honored to present the Honorable Mr. Suei Seishi to Greenland in order to prepare events that would bring Greenland and Japan closer to each other.
Film is a very direct way to bring people together. A way to learn more about other people´s culture, language, history, costumes, food, design, technology and traditions.
But not least a way to learn more about people.
Japan have paved way for many international acclaimed directors through many decades such as Kenji Mizogushi (The 47 Ronin), Akira Kurosawa, Masaka Kobayashi (Samurai Rebellion), Kitano Takeshi and we are all aware of many of those creators, which have given of important insight on Japanese movies and motion pctures. Kaiju, cartoons and animated pictures are as important as movies.
Not only have you given us Samurai, fine culture, literature and Japanese food inspiration. You also have given us karate, aikido, judo, ninja, Godzilla, sushi, anime and many other things, that we today cherish.
The most important aspect of the movie industry is perhaps what it gives people? Imagination and inspiration.
I am sure that this Festival will give us all this.”