BAJA’s 2014 Annual General Meeting

BAJA held its 2014 AGM last Friday evening, January 30th, 2015, at the Millenium Restaurant in Beribi. Guest of honour was Her Excellency Madam Noriko IKI, the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam.

One highlighted point during the AGM was the resignation of Dr Suwarni from her post as Secretary, due to her other commitments. BAJA President, Dr Chin WK, accepted her resignation and after some discussion with the other Executive Committee members, has appointed Mr Hasrin Haji Masri as the current BAJA Secretary. BAJA also wishes Dr Suwarni the best in her endeavours and hopes that she can continue to help BAJA as an ordinary member.

IMG_3216Group photo taken during BAJA’s 2014 AGM


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Dr. Fadil Galawat paid a courtesy call on PM Shinzo Abe

Dr. Fadil Galawat paid a courtesy call on PM Shinzo Abe

The event was on the agenda of the recent ASJA and ASCOJA Governors’ Meetings held in Tokyo recently.


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She’s been taking care of BAJA’s FaceBook for the past year and we hope that with this added responsibility, BAJA’s publicity will have one strong voice.

Welcome aboard Dlynne and may the odds be ever in your favour.


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Aun and Hide Concert


One Asia – Aun and Hide Concert. Free concert in conjunction of the 30th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brunei.

JIS, Saturday 8/2/14. Pusat Insani, Sunday 9/2/14. Twin brothers played wadaiko, shamisen and fue. And third member specialised in percussion cymbals called Chapatt (?). Fusion of traditional Japanese music with a touch of modern rock.

Audience were delighted with the Bruneian performers and Japanese artistes’ collaboration at the end of the concert.

Attended by HRH Princess Masna…, HE Kenichi Suganuma JIS

Attended by …. KBDO, Second Secretary Pusat Insani.

BAJA members volunteering/assisting Japanese Embassy staff.

Highly entertaining and comedic performance. Twin brothers shamisen segment.

Audience partook in the interactive performance. Percussion with the Chapatti (cymbals)


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New BAJA Executive Committee for 2014/2015

BAJA recently held its biannual Executive Committee elections.  This was held at the Ba’diah Hotel on Friday 24th January 2014.  Following on from the results of the elections, there’s two changes:

* Dr Fadil Galawat is the new Vice-President, and

* Ms Adeline Pang is the new Public Relations Officer.

The changes will be duly updated on our organisational page.



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The Diplomat interviews H.E. Kenichi SUGANUMA, the Japanese Ambassador

The Diplomat’s J.T. Quigley spoke with Kenichi Suganuma, the Japanese Ambassador to Brunei, about the future of his country’s 30-year relationship with the Sultanate.

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A message from a BEDB officer

Basically I am interested to talk to graduates who may have an interest to be entrepreneurs. At the moment, as you may know, a majority of Brunei’s graduates aim for jobs – be it with Government or the private sector. However, one area we would like to have some of these graduates go towards is setting up their on business.

The BEDB has a new scheme called Start Up Brunei which aims to attract the creation of more start ups in Brunei.

We find it easier to work with students who are not bonded, which made me turn to you with regards to Bruneians studying in Japan, specially those who are under the Japanese Government scholarship.

If you are interested, please contact sabrina.shofry(a)

Mr Arshad B., a Bruneian working in Japan posted the message above in the ‘Bruneians in Japan‘ FaceBook Group.

Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) Start-Up Brunei Program


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日本ーBrunei Concert @ Arts Centre JIS 7:45pm Sat 23 Nov 2013

日本ーBrunei Concert @ Arts Centre JIS 7:45pm Sat 23 Nov 2013

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An audience with Mrs Akie ABE

An audience with Mrs Akie ABE

Our association was graciously invited to an audience with Mrs Akie ABE, the wife of the current Japanese Prime Minister, Mr ABE, while they were in Brunei during the recent ASEAN+Japan Summit Meeting, organised on the sidelines of the recent October 2013 ASEAN Summit hosted here. In this picture, the five members of BAJA, headed by Dr Fadil Galawat (seated 4th from the left) are with the five members of BERSATU and Mrs Akie ABE (seated 2nd from left) and Mrs Suganuma (seated 3rd from left), the wife of the current Japanese Ambassador to Brunei.

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World Heritage in Japan Exhibition @ Art Gallery, Royal Wharf BSB on 5-25 Nov 2013


Edit Tue 29 Oct 2013: A reader, Hadi of, just highlighted to us Jabatan Muzium-Muzium Brunei’s (Brunei’s Museums Department) FaceBook page post on this event here.


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