Republic of Srpska President Attends Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival – in Memory of Jadranka Stojaković



The President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović attended this evening in Banja Luka the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival – in memoriam of Jadranka Stojaković.

The Republic of Srpska President expressed her conviction that the Cherry Blossom Festival – in memory of Jadranka Stojaković, and other similar events promoting the values of different cultures will contribute to the strengthening of friendly relations between Srpska and Japan, and added that Stojaković brought two cultures together with her notes.

President Cvijanović expressed her satisfaction for having the opportunity of being the sponsor of this manifestation held in the honour of singer/songwriter/composer Jadranka Stojaković, and thanked the Ambassador of Japan Hideyuki Sakamoto for taking part in the Festival’s organisation.

The President of the Republic of Srpska, in addressing the attendants in the Republic of Srpska National Theatre in Banja Luka, said that Stojaković was a great person who made us all proud and who left a strong mark on many generations.  The President also said that this was just a small opportunity to give back at least a little.

“She is something that we and Japan have in common.  Apart from remembering her life and her creativity, this evening we had the opportunity of feeling two cultures come together,” stressed President Cvijanović.

The President of Srpska thanked the people and Government of Japan for all the assistance provided to Srpska since the war to the date, and reminded that Japan is one of the largest donors in BiH with almost a million KM in donations, of which a significant portion was provided to Srpska.

“Great projects have been implemented at the level of local communities, investments were made in public health, education, municipal services, in the procurement of transportation devices and in many other areas with which we needed assistance,” said the President of the Republic of Srpska.

President Cvijanović particularly emphasised the connections with Japan established through a large number of persons from this region who had the opportunity of continuing their education and training and improving their knowledge in that country, owing to donations, scholarships and similar, and then coming back to live here and share the acquired knowledge.

“Of course, Jadranka Stojaković is a further link between the two peoples, a woman who left a strong mark on many generations  in the area of the former Yugoslavia, and when we see how she lived, worked and how creative she was in Japan, we then know that she also left a positive memory also in that country, and this makes me happy and in a way we feel obligated to remember that,” the Republic of Srpska President underlined.

The President of the Republic of Srpska also thanked the members of the Association of Persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) that she met a few years ago and whose needs she recognised.

“This is an evening dedicated to the co-operation with Japan and to the memory of Jadranka and all that she gave us, but this is also an evening of our giving support both to the Association and to the persons with ALS, who need to know that they have backing for whatever they need, not only from the institutions, but also from ourselves,” stated the President of the Republic.

President Cvijanović tonight awarded the “Palace of the Republic of Srpska” Plaque to the Ambassador of Japan as a sign of gratitude for the assistance and support provided in the educational, cultural and scientific development of the society and for their backing of humanitarian activities, as well as for strengthening the overall relations between Japan and Srpska.