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Embassy of Ireland, Tokyo – Newsletter 3 of 2022

Japan secures election to the United Nations Security Council: 2023-2024

On 9 June, Japan was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council at elections held in the UN General Assembly. Japan has been elected for a record 12th time since joining the United Nations in 1956, more than any other state, and will join Ecuador, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland for a two-year term on the Security Council for a two-year period beginning on 1 January 2023. Ireland congratulates Japan, and all newly elected members of the UN Security Council. The work of the Security Council in enhancing international peace and security is more vital now than ever, and we know that as a country with whom Ireland shares many values, Japan will continue to use its voice to enhance security for all.

Visit by Global Ireland Director General John Concannon to Japan: 7-10 June 2022
アイルランド外務省グローバル・アイルランド局長 ジョン・コンカノン来日(2022年6月7~10日)

The Global Ireland Director General in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. John Concannon, visited Japan from 7-10 June, for a range of public diplomacy and Expo related meetings with key Japanese counterparts in both Tokyo and Osaka. As part of this visit, he met with Expo Minister, Mr Kenji WAKAMIYA in Tokyo, where he communicated Ireland’s decision to participate in Expo Osaka 2025, and also to working with the Japanese Government to ensure the success of Expo Osaka 2025.

He also met with senior officials in the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to begin a public diplomacy dialogue, which will allow Ireland’s participation in Expo Osaka to complement and reinforce the messaging from the Expo organisers themselves. In Osaka, Mr Concannon visited the Expo site and organisers. The highlight of the visit, was the formal selection of Ireland’s site. Mr Concannon also met with the Vice-Governor of Osaka, Mr Nobuhiko Yamaguchi as well as the Vice Mayor of Osaka, Mr Toru Takahashi, to discuss strengthening of Ireland-Japan ties in the Osaka and Kansai region, over the coming years and beyond Expo 2025. 


Every year on 16 June, Ireland celebrates Bloomsday, the day on which the central character, Leopold Bloom, traverses Dublin in James Joyce’s epic tale, Ulysses. Although Joyce spent much of his adult life abroad, his work remained deeply connected with Ireland. Joyce famously said about Ulysses: “I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city suddenly disappeared from earth it could be reconstructed out of my book”. While the story captures the heart of Dublin on a summer’s day in 1904, it inspires people worldwide to participate in readings, musical and theatre performances, including here in Japan, where Joyce and his works have fascinated readers and scholars, and where four translations of Ulysses have appeared in Japan since its publication. 

To celebrate the centenary of Joyce’s most famous novel, this year we organised a range of Joyce-themed events. The Department of Foreign Affairs produced a new video celebrating Joyce and his influence around the world. Ambassador Kavanagh spoke at the 34th annual meeting of the Japan James Joyce Association on 12 June. And at a special event to celebrate the centenary of Bloomsday, the Embassy organised an event to transport people to the Ireland of 100 years ago. Tokyo resident composer Paul Hayes compiled a programme of songs from the period which appeared in Joyce’s work. Singer Rie Toyoshima, and guitarist Hajime Takahashi played songs from the period, and actors Duncan Hamilton and Akemi Sakurai also read and performed short excepts from the book. To complete the evening, we also prepared food which is inspired by Ulysses. Please check out our dedicated webpage on Ulysses 100, and follow the Embassy’s social media pages for further updates.


Pride Month

As June is Pride Month, Irish diplomats around the world have been joining Pride Parades and Festivals, including in Ireland, to reaffirm our commitment to the principles of equality and inclusion for all people. The Dublin Pride Parade took place on Saturday 25 June, the first time a physical parade was possible in three years. An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin, addressed a crowd of thousands of people draped in rainbow flags, in a celebration of equality, diversity and inclusion. In 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to vote in favour of same-sex marriage in a national referendum. The same year, the Gender Recognition Act 2015 provided for transgender citizens to self-declare their gender when updating passports, driving licences, obtaining new birth certificates, and getting married.
「プライド月間」の6月、アイルランドの外交官は、本国アイルランドはもとより世界各地でプライド・パレードやフェスティバルに参加し、すべての人々のための平等とインクルージョンの原則へのコミットメントを再確認しました。ダブリンのプライド・パレードは6月25日(土)に開催され、リアル開催のパレードとしては3年ぶりの実施となりました。ミホール・マーティン首相も参加し、平等と多様性とインクルージョンを祝ってレインボーフラッグをまとった数千人の観衆に向けて演説を行いました。アイルランドは2015年に、国民投票で同性婚が合法化された世界初の国となりました。また同年、性別認定法2015(Gender Recognition Act 2015)が可決され、トランスジェンダーの人々が自らの性別を自己申告に基づいてパスポートや運転免許証の更新、出生証明書の新規取得、結婚ができるようになりました。

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