The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to create the post of cultural attaché at the embassy to Japan after abolishing one in Russia's Kaliningrad.
© Scanpix / Reuters

The decision takes into account the fact that "Japan is a strategic partner of the European Union and the Transatlantic Alliance, and is the capital of diplomacy in the Eastern hemisphere", the Culture Ministry said in a press release.

"Japan is also one of the world's most important art markets, and entering it means recognition and prospects across the Asian region."

The government's office has included Japan in its list of target markets, ranked by export and foreign direct investment indicators, and cultural and political objectives, the ministry noted.

"Lithuanian artists, cultural organizations and professionals in various cultural fields see Japan as a priority country and a reliable partner in the Asian region," Culture Minister Simonas Kairys was quoted as saying in the press release.

"The activities of the cultural attaché in Japan will help to ensure the vitality of cultural cooperation by exploiting existing and developing new contacts with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organizations, and representatives of various cultural fields and artists," he added.

In order to streamline the network of cultural attachés and direct part of the limited financial resources to strengthen international cultural cooperation with the Asian region, the new position is being created by abolishing the post of cultural attaché at the Consulate General of Lithuania in Kaliningrad, according to the ministry.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Lithuania marks 80 years since start of Holocaust

Lithuania is marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the genocide of Jews in the country on...

ArtVilnius’21 presents its program

The biggest visual arts event in the Eastern region, the contemporary art fair ArtVilnius’21, this...

Manuscript of May 3rd Constitution to be displayed in Vilnius

The manuscripts of the Constitution of 3 May 1791 and the Mutual Pledge will be exhibited at the...

Restored Ziezmariai synagogue opens its doors

The restored wooden synagogue in Ziezmariai in Lithuania's Kaisiadorys District is opening its doors...

Remains of three WWII victims found to be handed over to US

The remains of three WWII American pilots found in Lithuania will be handed over to the United States...

Top news

Initiative to cut age limit for running for Seimas to 21 years passes 1st vote

A draft constitutional amendment lowering the minimum age for standing as a candidate in Lithuania's...

UK's Zaha Hadid Architects present best Vilnius Connect idea

Green Connect, an architectural project by British company Zaha Hadid Architects, has been deemed the...

Lithuania marks 80 years since start of Holocaust

Lithuania is marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the genocide of Jews in the country on...

1 486 new COVID-19 cases

On Wednesday, 1 486 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the...

Rail trip from Vilnius to Tallinn to take 4 hours in future

A rail journey from Vilnius to Tallinn will take four hours when Rail Baltica the European...