On April 7, 2012, the concert of world renowned Ukrainian opera singer, the professor of the Vienna Conservatory, former soloist of the Vienna State Opera and National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of T. Shevchenko, Mrs. Victoria Loukianetz was held at one of the most prestigious concert halls in Tokyo - «Oji Hall». The concert, dedicated to the 20-th anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Japan, was organized by the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan in collaboration with the Min-On Concert Association of Japan.
Among invitees there were Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of the MOFA Mr. K. Hamada, Chairman of the Japan-Ukraine Parliamentarian Friendship League Mr. E. Mori, representatives of the Parliament of Japan, the central authorities, the Imperial Household Agency, the diplomatic corps, as well as admirers of Ukrainian culture and arts.
At the beginning of the concert Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan Mykola Kulinich addressed the attendees. In his speech the Ambassador greeted all the visitors with such a significant event and stated that the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Japan is a significant milestone in the history of bilateral relations between our countries. He expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan for providing continuous assistance in Ukraine’s efforts of minimization the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident and for supporting democratic transformations in Ukrainian society. The Ambassador stated that the «difficult» Ukrainian experience in coping with the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster provides our country with the opportunity to assist Japan after the Fukushima-1 accident. While presenting Mrs. Victoria Loukianetz to the public Ambassador said that she is one of the “Goodwill Ambassadors of Music” who deepens mutual understanding between the countries and people.
The concert by Mrs. Victoria Loukianetz which program included world known and Ukrainian classical repertoire, as well as Ukrainian and Japanese folk songs, accompanied by piano, had a great success and was highly praised by the Japanese and international music admirers, present at the event.”