Gergely Gulyas – Photo: MTI

Gulyas praises Japan-Hungary ties

Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, attended a reception marking the 63rd birthday of Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Budapest on Friday.

Gulyas noted the warm hospitality during his visit to Japan last December, adding how he had been struck by “the many common values” that Hungary and Japan shared, such as “a deep commitment to country, loyalty and national pride”.

He said Hungary and Japan respected international law and condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and hoped that a peaceful resolution to the conflict would be achieved as soon as possible.

Speaking about economic ties, Gulyas called Japan’s openness to investing in Hungary and promoting development “the engine of the two countries’ longstanding and balanced partnership”. He noted that Japan invested more than four billion dollars in Hungary in 2020.

Masato Otaka, the Japanese ambassador, highlighted the strong economic ties between the two countries, noting the presence of over 180 Japanese firms in Hungary, and he expressed appreciation for a Hungarian award granted to Sou Fujimoto for his design of the House of Music in Budapest.

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