In the news: Envoy highlights Brunei-Japan important ties

Source: Borneo Bulletin, Mar 8 2022

Ambassador-Designate of Japan to Brunei Darussalam Maeda Toru hosted a reception to celebrate the 62nd birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, at the Rizqun International Hotel last evening.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof was the guest of honour.

The event began with a welcoming speech from Ambassador Designate Meada who touched upon the strong bilateral relationship between Japan and Brunei since Brunei’s independence in 1984.

He said the Japan-Brunei partnership was elevated to a new height last year through cooperation in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan-ASEAN partnership under Brunei’s chairmanship and enhanced defence cooperation.

Looking into the future, he foresees countless opportunities to expand and deepen the bilateral cooperation through contributing to Brunei’s efforts to diversify its economy through the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy. The Japan-Brunei partnership on regional as well as global issues has become increasingly important, he added.

The event also featured exhibitions showcasing achievements and current activities from Japanese companies operating in the Sultanate.

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) 2022


The Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam will be accepting applications for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) 2022 from 14 March until 1 April.

The JLPT 2022 will be held on Sunday, 3 July 2022 at the Language Centre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The JLPT has five levels; N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5. The beginner level is N5 and the most difficult level is N1.

Those who are interested in this test are required to submit the application form to the Embassy no later than Friday, 1 April 2022. The Test Guide, including the application form, is now available at the Embassy of Japan, Culture and Education Section counter. The Test Guide, including the application form, costs 5.00 BND, and the Test Fee is 30.00 BND for each level.

JLPT has been offered by the Japan Foundation since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers. In Brunei, the JLPT was launched in 2008, and it has been held every December since then. Unfortunately the JLPT could not be conducted in December 2021. Instead, the JLPT will take place in July this year.

Further information on the JLPT can be obtained from the JLPT website at:

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Japan Through Bruneian Eyes


The Embassy of Japan is excited to introduce a new series titled “Japan Through Bruneian Eyes”, which will document Japan’s charms from the view of Bruneians ! In the first installment of this series, members of BAJA (Brunei Association of Japan Alumni) have kindly shared with us about some of Japan’s scenic attractions. Come along and experience Japan through their Eyes!

【Japan Through Bruneian Eyes】

Ishikawa prefecture faces north towards the Sea of Japan and from a casual traveller’s perspective, one of Japan’s hidden gems.

I was given the privilege of participating in the Japan Tent 2009 event that was hosted by Ishikawa prefecture and supported by various Japanese companies. We spent over a week exploring Ishikawa’s urban areas as well as rural.

Summertime in Ishikawa was hot but the sea breeze was always there to cool the towns. My host father took me to a fishing port at the crack of dawn to buy fish and other seafood, freshly caught by the hard workers on fishing boats. My kind host mother prepared the seafood and served us a grand breakfast filled with the freshest of sashimi. The food melted like soft butter in the mouth. It was unlike any other sashimi I had tasted in Japan. In my reflections, I thought that the people in Ishikawa were so fortunate to live so close to the sea.

The wonderful sea scape was such a refreshing change from the hard city landscape and one could almost forget that you were in a country that had skyscrapers and towers. Our tours brought us to some outlying islands with clear blue water that you could almost believe you were visiting a hidden island paradise. I was very fortunate to have witnessed another side of Japan people rarely see, and I hope people can know more about Ishikawa prefecture to experience its beautiful landscapes.

(by Najmina Latif, Period of study/stay in Japan: 2005-2010)

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