On March 5, 2001 the Center for the Study of
Democracy (CSD) organized jointly with the Embassy of Japan in
Bulgaria a breakfast meeting "The Role of Japan for the Stability
in Southeast Europe". Guest speaker at the event was Mr. Takahiro
Shinyo, Ph. D., Deputy Director-General of the European Affairs
Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The event was
attended by representatives of Bulgarian official institutions, of
the business community and the diplomatic corps in Sofia, of
international organizations, as well as scholars, journalists and
Dr. Shinyo outlined the substantial
contribution of Japan to the Stability Pact for South-East Europe.
The speaker presented in brief the Official Development Assistance
of Japan to all countries in the region and stressed the continuous
commitment of his country to further contribute to the
international efforts for the reconstruction and development of SEE
as the best guarantee for stability in this part of Europe.