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Hungary and Japan to Mark 150th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.10.17.

Hungary and Japan will mark the 150th anniversary of their diplomatic relations with a sheet of ten commemorative stamps to be issued by their national postal services.

The stamps, which were unveiled in Budapest on Thursday, will feature elements pertaining to the two countries’ gastronomy, architecture and folk art, foreign ministry deputy state secretary András Baranyi said.

Hungary and Japan established diplomatic relations during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Baranyi noted, adding that the two countries will organise a number of different commemorative events to mark the 150th anniversary. The deputy state secretary noted the recent visit to Budapest by Japanese Princess Kako of Akishino, adding that Hungarian President János Áder is scheduled to attend Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony in Tokyo later this month.

Kuni Sato, Japan’s ambassador to Hungary, noted that Japan and the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy concluded their friendship, trade and shipping agreement on October 18, 1869.

Two of the stamps to be issued jointly by the Hungarian and Japanese postal services were designed by Yasuko Yamada. The remaining eight will feature the same themes for both countries but were designed individually by the national postal services. The Hungarian stamps were designed by Agnes Berta.

In the featured photo illustration (from left to right): First Lady Anita Herczegh, Japanese Princess Kako of Akishino, and Hungarian President János Áder. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI