JAPAN SAN MARINO
JSFS Japan San Marino Friendship Society was founded in 2001 by Prof. Hideaki Kase, Japanese diplomatic critic, writer, director.
After visiting the Republic of San Marino, Prof. Kase has undertaken relations with the Embassy of San Marino in Japan for the birth of a group of Friends of the oldest republic in the world and of the oldest imperial dynasty in the world.
The notoriety of Prof. Kase within the Japanese institutions and its commitment to social, have given birth to an association that now counts more than one thousand associates.
In 2011 the JSFS began a fundraiser for the construction of a monument of Shinto style, typical architecture of Japan, which could commemorate the victims of the earthquake of Tohoku (Japan) in March of the same year, where about 29,000 people lost their lives. The JSFS association wanted the monument to be located in the Republic of San Marino, a place of ancient freedom and international breath.
On June 22, 2014, it was inaugurated in San Marino, at Podere Lesignano in Serravalle, the first and only official Shinto monument in Europe. At the inauguration there were many personalities of the political, diplomatic, academic and industrial Japanese world, including Mrs. Yoko Kishi, mother of the current prime minister of Japan Shinzō Abe.