19 January, 1996
The Japan-Croatia Friendship Society was founded in 1994.
Here are some interesting facts about this society.
Almost one year has passed since the Society was founded. Fortunately, the situation in Croatia has dramatically changed
for the better. If the problem of Slovenia has been solved, there
will come a perfect peace in Croatia! That means the time has
come for us to be more active.
So in order for members to have a common recognition of our
society, I would like to explain our organization, activities and
The Society is managed by the
Board of Headquarters located in Tokyo. It consists of less than
15 members and has a president and a vice-president among them.
In local cities there will be branches, each of which has a
representative. In Kyoto, a branch was established with about
fifty members, with Mr. Fujimura as representative. We will soon
have another branch in Sendai.
The Society 's activities
the Society 's main activities are to publish magazines, to support
economic and cultural exchanges, open parties and etc. We are not
sure what a chance makes us connected with Croatia. Please make
a contact with the Society if you have encountered such a case and
let's extend the circle of friendship with Croatia among us!
The rules of the Society
Our society is a non profitable organization with the purpose of making friendship
with Croatia. From its voluntary character we do not request any
fee. Please call our staff if you have something to ask.
Establishing the Society in Kyoto
We have around 100 members right now and do hope hundreds more
will enter our society. Lastly, I here ask every member to invite
their friends to our friendship circle as members and would like
to end up today's story.
The Establishment of Kansai Branch
The Kansai Branch of the Japan-Croatia Friendship Society was
founded in Kyoto-city on Nov. 9, 1995. On the same day, the
"Zagreb Soloists" had a wonderful concert in the Kyoto City
Hall. Kyoto and Zagreb have been sister-cities since 1981 and are
continuing cultural exchange. This time Kyoto invited the Zagreb
Soloists to take part in the starting events for the brand new
concert hall opened on Oct. 18. The audience enjoyed
beautiful music from Zagreb.
After the concert, the secretariat of Kyoto City Hall held a
party, in which the Zagreb Soloists, Ambassador Dr. & Mrs. Simic
and around fifty Kyoto citizens were invited. The Japan/Croatia
Friendship Society was introduced and it was declared to
establish its Kansai Branch. Most of participants understood the
Society's purposes. By now we have been able to collect about
fifty people who are or will be members of the Society.
The next year is the fifteenth anniversary of Kyoto's and
Zagreb's sister-city relationship. In 1991, the year of its tenth
anniversary, there was no memorial event because Croatia was in
the hardest time for the war. However, the real peace is coming
to the area of ex-Yugoslavia after the four year lasting war.
Both city governments are planning to have a big celebration for
the fifteenth anniversary including the unrealized tenth
anniversary. We, the Kansai Branch, would like to suggest various
matters for the exchange in the level of the citizens of Kyoto
and Zagreb and for the closer friendship between Croatia and
For more information, please contact us at the following address:
The Japan-Croatia Friendship Society
2-8-1-101 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo, Japan 153
c/o Embassy of the Republic of Croatia