H.E. Mr Yasuo SAITO was accompanied for the occasion by Mr Edmond PASTOR, Honorary general consul from Japan in Monaco. After being welcomed in front of the Porte d'Honneur of the Palace by the Company of Carabinieri guard of honour under the command of Commander Philippe REBAUDENGO, Chief of police of the Company, Ambassador Yasuo SAITO was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel John JAYET, with Mr Edmond PASTOR.
H.E. Mr Yasuo SAITO then proceeded to present her Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Jacques BOISSON, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and H.E. Henri FISSORE, Ambassador of Monaco in Japan. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
Monaco and Japan established diplomatic relations on 14 December 2006.
The two countries both invest, each on its own scale, in aid for development, plus specifically in Africa. They are also committed to environmental protection.
At present, Monaco is innovating by expanding its diplomatic action to Asia, while Japan's action now covers a geographic area that extends all the way to Europe.