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In March of this year, the traditional lighting of the Olympic flame will take place in the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. The official Olympic torch relay begins in Fukushima and will pass all 47 prefectures of Japan ahead of the start of the Summer Games in Tokyo in late July.

Greece and Japan share a deep passion for culture and sport and have lent continuous support for each other in this arena.

When Greece and Japan celebrated the 120th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations last year, the two countries welcomed “a new era of partnership in business and culture.” The milestone came at an auspicious time as Greece continued on its road to economic recovery and Japan strengthened its efforts to expand its relations with Europe as the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement came into effect.

Continuing its coverage of Europe in The Japan Times, GMI Post explores Greece’s partnership with Japan and will cover the cities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Larissa, Patras, and Heraklion.

Kenzie Du and Karen Lee report from the field. Follow their updates here and here.

Shipping is deep in the Greek DNA

With Star Bulk Chairman Spyros Capralos

Over many years, Greece has managed to remain the largest maritime power worldwide. Shipping has always been part of the Greek heritage. In fact, 53 percent of the European fleet is owned by Greeks, while 21 percent of the global fleet is owned by the same.

With Gaslog CEO Paul Wogan

There is stiff competition around the world for shipping companies but Greek shipping companies, regardless of economic downturns anywhere around the world, have managed to keep up with the latest technological advancements and innovation. They have dedicated a lot of their resources to promoting environmental sustainability in their vessels as well as in their operations.

While competition in the shipping industry may be ruthless, Greek maritime companies consider each other as allies, as partners that grow the country’s shipping industry together. While recent years have been very challenging for Greek business, the shipping companies have honored the long relationships and commitments of their competitors.advancements and innovation. They have dedicated a lot of their resources to promoting environmental sustainability in their vessels as well as in their operations.

With Euroseas Managing Director Marcos Vassilikos

And among those companies that have nurtured long, fruitful relationships with Japan are Star Bulk Inc., which is Greece’s biggest dry bulk shipping company, Gaslog, which transports liquefied natural gas, and Euroseas, which engages in chartering, dry bulk shipping, and the sale and purchase of Japanese ships.

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