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2016 News & Events

December 2016

10-11 December: ‘The 1916 Rising with an Asian perspective’ Symposium

‘The 1916 Rising with an Asian perspective’ Symposium. The Japan Ireland Society (JIS), established over 50 years ago, is the oldest Ireland-related academic Society in Japan. Its Annual Conference on Irish Studies next year is entitled ‘The 1916 Rising with an Asian perspective’.

November 2016

16-18 November: Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D. visit to Japan, 16-18 November

Visit by Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D. to Japan, 16-18 November will focus on strengthening ties in areas of trade, investment and innovation.

October 2016

20 October: 1916 Commemorations: Screening of 1916 -The Irish Rebellion

In cooperation with the Ireland-Japan Chamber of Commerce, the Notre Dame Club of Japan and Sophia University, Tokyo, the Embassy of Ireland is pleased to announce a screening of "1916 - The Irish Rebellion", a new documentary made by Notre Dame University's Keogh-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies.

1-5 October 2016: Visit by Minister John Halligan T.D. 1-5 October 2016

Ireland's Minster for Training, Skills and Innovation, Mr. John Halligan T.D., visited Japan from 1-5 October to participate in the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto and promote Ireland-Japan cooperation in the Science and Technology area.

September 2016

01 September: Official logo for 60th Anniversary Announced

2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland.  The official Logo announced today will be used to highlight various celebratory events throughout the year and mark the close relationship between both countries.

August 2016

29 August: New Tourism Ireland site launched

The Embassy of Ireland in Japan is delighted to announce the launch of a new tourism website aimed at attracting more Japanese tourists to Ireland.

16 August: Preparations underway for Asia’s Biggest SPD Celebration


  • Embassy of Ireland announces renewed support for I Love Ireland Festival
  • Festival to have new ‘eco’ theme

June 2016

24 June: Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade


Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in response to the outcome of the UK referendum

April 2016

13 April: Ireland-Japan Diplomatic Relations 60th Anniv. Logo Contest

The year 2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan

March 2016

18 March: The 1916 Proclamation in Japanese

Trinity College Dublin launched a collection of translations of the 1916 Proclamation by their Centre for Literary Translation.

19 March: Nagoya St Patrick's Day Parade/Easter Rising Commemoration

This year' St Patrick's Day celebrations will be themed on the 2016 Commemorations and will take place on the 19th March. 

16 March: Saint Patrick's Day Message from Ambassador Barrington

Ambassador Anne Barrington  wishes everyone in Japan a Happy Saint Patrick's Day and highlights Ireland's economic recovery.

February 2016

24 February: Ambassador's Speech at the Press Conference on 24 Feb. 2016

"A warm welcome to everyone and thank you for joining us here today. I am pleased and very honoured to open this press launch of the exciting and varied programme of events which will take place throughout Japan this year to mark St Patrick’s Day."

24 February: Embassy of Ireland Press Release, 24 February 2016 プレスリリース

Irish Ambassador invites everyone in Japan to “wear green” for exciting programme of St Patrick’s Day events during March 2016.

January 2016

29 January: Imeachtaí Lá le Phádraig san tSeapáin 2016 - St. Patrick's Day events in Japan in 2016

St Patrick's Day in Japan: A hugely popular I Love Ireland Festival and myriad other events take place in Japan in March celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. The Embassy is involved in promoting and supporting these. If you are Irish or a friend of Ireland, please join this great occasion to celebrate Ireland and all things Irish.