Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan recognizes Marte Hoffiz
SANTO DOMINGO - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan paid
homage on Thursday to Dominican Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz in
recognition of his valuable contributions to strengthen the ties
between both nations.
The event took place during a luncheon at the residence of the
ambassador of Japan to Dominican Republic His Excellency
Hiroyuki Makiuchi attended by members of the Marte Hoffiz family,
friends and relatives to the President of the NORCECA Volleyball
Confederation and First Executive Vice President of the
International Federation (FIVB).
The ambassador Makiuchi read in Japanese, and then in Spanish,
the text of a parchment issued by the Japanese Chancellor S.E.
Taro Kono, that was presented to the honoree highlighting his
virtues as promoter of relations between the two countries.
He also recalled solidarity actions in the aftermath of the
earthquake and tsunami of 2010 and how the Dominican Republic
team was influential to make possible the 2011 Volleyball World
Cup in Japan, as well as the promotion of Japanese sports
industries through the sports competitions of the NORCECA
“Mr. Marte Hoffiz not only has been collaborating in the
promotion of friendly matches between our countries but also
contributing to the participation of the women’s team of the
Dominican Republic in all the international matches held in
Japan. Thanks to that, the Dominican team is very familiar to
the Japanese fans,” Ambassador Makiuchi said.
In pronouncing his words of thanks, Marte Hoffiz recounted his
participation in sports, social and cultural relations between
Japan and the Dominican Republic from its beginnings to the
present day. He took opportunity to express gratitude to the
Japanese authorities for their support not only in sport but in
other fields of industry and technology.
“Siempre estoy con los brazos abiertos para apoyar cualquier
iniciativa japonesa en nuestro país así como ellos están
dispuestos a aprender de nuestra cultura,” dijo en sus palabras.
“I am always with open arms to support any Japanese initiative
in our country, as they are also willing to learn from our
culture,” said in his acceptance speech.
Ambassador Makiuchi and wife, along with high-ranking members of
the Japanese diplomatic staff, welcomed the guests, including
the Minister of Sports, Mr. Danilo Díaz, the President ad vitam
of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Dr. José Joaquín Puello, Dr.
Licelot Marte de Barrios and the administrative vice-minister of
the presidency, Mr. Lionel Senior.
Also attending were the president of the Dominican Volleyball
Federation, Ramón García, the president of the Association of
Central American Volleyball Federations (AFECAVOL) Edgar
Alvarado, as well as executives of the NORCECA Confederation.
The lunch served after the ceremony consisted of typical dishes
of the traditional Japanese cuisine.