05 grudnia 2008
On 30 November 2008, President Lech Kaczyński and Mrs Kaczyńska went on a visit to Asia. From 30 November to 7 December, the Presidential Couple was paying official visits to Mongolia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

In Mongolia, President of RP met with President Nambaryn Enkhbayar. The two politicians signed a joint declaration. Among others, the document refers to trade and economic cooperation between Poland and Mongolia.

This was the first visit of the Polish head of state to Mongolia ever since the two countries entered the path of transformation and democratic development.

On 2 December 2008, the Presidential Couple left Mongolia to set off for Japan. The flight was postponed by a few hours for technical reasons, and further journey was continued on a board of an airplane chartered out from Mongolian airlines.

On 3 December, President of RP had a tour of the “Kyoto State Guest House" and of the old Emperor’s Palace. Subsequently, he took part in a ceremony of a traditional tea brewing carried out by Grand Master Soshitsu Sen.

In the afternoon hours of local time, the Presidential Couple was welcomed by Governor of Kyoto Keiji Yamada and Mrs Yamada. The governor hosted a luncheon in honour of President Lech Kaczyński and Mrs Kaczyńska. Thereupon, the Presidential Couple went by train Shinkansen to Tokyo where they attended a reception to commemorate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Poland and Japan.

During the visit, honouring their meritorious services in the missionary and didactic work, President Lech Kaczyński awarded Commander Crosses of the Order of Poland Reborn to Father Michał Moskwa and Father Nikodem Pisarski: the Salesians who have been for more than 70 years carrying out their ministry in Japan.

On 4 December 2008, President of RP held talks with Prime Minister Taro Aso and met with President of the House of Representatives Yohei Kono and with Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone. The visit corroborates the will on both sides to enhance friendly relations in all areas of importance to the two countries.

The programme of the visit to the Republic of South Korea included among others the talks with President Lee Myung-bak and a meeting with Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, as well as a signing of the Executive Programme for 2009-2011 to the Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation in the field of culture, science and education.


Father Nikodem Pisarski (aged 90 ) – a Polish missionary in Japan, a philosopher, teacher, theologian and honorary doctor of the Salesian Technical University of Tokyo. He contributed to the reform of the administrative system of Japanese kindergartens. Oita/Japan.

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