The 64th Birthday Celebration for His Majesty the Emperor of Japan


On February 22, 2024, the Embassy of Japan hosted the 64th Birthday celebration for His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at Palau Royal Resort. Ambassador ORIKASA Hiroyuki welcomed many guests, including His Excellency President Surangel Whipps Jr., Reklai Raphael B., Ngirmang, Bilung Gloria Salii, Honorable Chief Justice Oldiais Ngiraikelau, Members of the OEK, Ministers, Governors, Members of State Legislatures, diplomatic corps, Japanese residents, and many more.
The reception began with the national anthems of Palau and Japan, followed by the remarks given by Ambassador Orikasa and President Whipps. Expressing his gratitude to be able to celebrate the national auspicious occasion with the people of Palau, Ambassador Orikasa said in his speech, “I often use a word “tokubetsu” to describe our bilateral relationship as a “special and extraordinary” one. More than that, I consider it a miracle. I’m convinced that it is our duty to pass on this miraculous relationship to the generations to come. Japan and Palau will continue to stand in solidarity, and address what the future may bring in alignment with our shared interests”. President Whipps in response said “this relationship between our two countries is an old one. It began with the Jinjya-maru in the 19th century coming to the shores of Palau. And of course, it was further developed from 1914.” “I was reminded that so many Palauans with Japanese ancestries, including the First Lady, I’d like to say what is over 20%...that goes to demonstrate our strong and lasting relationship. That’s really based on people-to-people relationship.” President Whipps added.
The reception was graced by a special guest, Mr. IRIE Yosuke, from Japan to perform Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute), wowing the audience with vibrant and wild sound of Shakuhachi. All the guests enjoyed a delightful buffet featuring high-quality and delicious seafood from Hokkaido and Kumamoto, Japan. A special selection of premium sake and wine from various regions in Japan was also served showcasing the country’s rich craft of brewage.
The Embassy of Japan hopes that the long-lasting ties between Japan and Palau will continue to grow as we celebrate His Majesty’s birthday together and the 30th anniversary of Japan-Palau diplomatic relations in 2024 and in many more years to come.