Japanese Ambassador Shigeeda, Japanese Embassy Vilnius     Photo Ludo Segers
Foreign affairs

Japan’s man in Lithuania. Interview with Japanese ambassador in Vilnius

We meet Japanese Ambassador Toyoei Shigeeda in his office. On the little table next to him, there are first-day stamp souvenirs of Lithuania’s most famous Japanese, Chiune Sugihara. The Embassy is located on Čiurlionio Street in Vilnius, named after the famous Lithuanian composer and painter. Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis is particularly appreciated in Japan for his mystical paintings. […]


Lithuanian parliament to consider citizens’ legislative proposal on name spelling

A group in Lithuania collected 69,000 signatures under a petition which obligates parliament to consider a proposed bill on name spelling in personal identification documents. The initiative, calling itself “Talka – for Lithuania’s State Language”, seeks to pass a law saying that only Lithuanian characters can be used in passports and other official documents. Lithuania’s Polish-speaking community has been voicing demands to allow the use original non-Lithuanian name spelling in passports. […]

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Vilnius mayor intent on putting English signs on buses

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius says English signs will be installed on buses crossing central Vilnius and servicing Vilnius International Airport, despite objections from the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language. […]


Group to collect signatures on spelling of non-Lithuanian names

A group of citizens plan to propose to the country’s parliament to adopt legal amendments allowing to write non-Lithuanian names of Lithuanian nationals on an additional passport page. […]