Estonian Ambassador in Japan hands over his credentials


Today, 19th October, the new Estonian Ambassador in Japan, Mr. Toivo Tasa, handed over his credentials to the Emperor of Japan, Akihito. An official ceremony took place in the Throne Room of the Imperial Palace to celebrate the event.

During the conversation, which followed the ceremony, Ambassador Tasa communicated heartfelt greetings from the President of the Republic of Estonia to the Japanese Head of State. Among other issues, Emperor Akihito recalled his impressive visit to Estonia, the interesting meetings, and the powerful choir singing tradition, which was directly responsible for the Baltic states regaining their freedom. The Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Research and Technology, Mr. Yoshiaki Takaki, also took part in the ceremony. The fact that the good relations between Estonia and Japan are based on a strong foundation, allowing for their further fruitful and diversified development, was the essence of the meeting.

The Ambassador, Mr. Toivo Tasa, was born on 21st December 1951 in Tallinn. Mr. Tasa graduated from Tartu University in the speciality of the Estonian language in 1976. Mr. Tasa has been serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1991, when he started his career as an advisor to the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1995-1999, Mr. Tasa served as the Ambassador in Austria and the non-residing Ambassador to Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. In 1999-2001 he worked as the Director General of the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2001-2006, Mr. Tasa was Estonian Ambassador to Hungary. From 2006-2008, Mr. Tasa worked as an advisor to the Chairman of the Riigikogu. Before accepting his current position, Mr. Tasa worked as an advisor to the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Tasa speaks English, German, Russian, and Finnish language.

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