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Declaration of an epidemic in the Republic of Slovenia

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has declared an epidemic of the infectious disease COVID-19 in the country as of today. The epidemic will be declared for the upcoming 30 days.

The Republic of Korea moved to the orange country list

The Republic of Korea has been moved to the orange country list.

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Slovene Language Courses at TUFS

Did you know that the University of Foreign Studies in Tokyo (http://www.tufs.ac.jp/) offers classes of Slovene language in collaboration with the Center for Slovene language (https://centerslo.si/)?

From November on, Slovene language course will also be offered as part of Open Academy (https://tufsoa.jp/).

Contact for Open Academy is: tufs-openacademy(at)tufs.ac.jp.

If you are interested, please contact Ms. Vesna Bukovec at vesna21(at)gmail.com or vesna.bukovec@ff.uni-lj.si.


Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Department of Russian and East European Studies

3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi

JP-183-8534 Tokyo




News regarding entry into Slovenia

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has announced that the rules for ordering quarantine will be changed as of 28 September 2020. Moreover, the yellow list has been replaced by an orange list. Mandatory quarantine is still valid for entry into Slovenia from all countries on the red and orange lists. However, this can be avoided by submitting a negative test for the novel coronavirus. The test must not be older than 48 hours and must be performed by one of the credible organizations in an EU Member State, a Schengen area or Slovenia.

The rules for those coming from green list countries have also changed. When crossing the border, they must submit proof that they have resided in the country on the green list continuously for at least 14 days before entering Slovenia.

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has defined a total of 12 exceptions when quarantine is not ordered, and persons are not required to submit a negative test result for the new coronavirus. These are cross-border migrant workers, persons in international transport, persons transporting goods or persons to Slovenia, persons in transit through Slovenia, holders of diplomatic travel documents, members of an official foreign delegation, etc.

Learn more at the following link:https://www.gov.si/novice/2020-09-26-od-28-septembra-bo-negativni-test-ob-vstopu-v-slovenijo-ze-zadoscal-da-karantena-ne-bo-odrejena/



Easing the restrictions concerning entering and leaving Japan for foreign residents

Foreign residents will be able to enter and leave Japan from September 1st. Upon re-entering Japan, all residents will have to take a PCR test for COVID-19 and observe a 14-day quarantine period. Those individuals, which were not allowed to re-enter Japan in the past months, will be able to re-enter the country after contacting their local Japanese embassies.

All individuals who are planning to travel abroad and re-enter Japan, will need to contact the Immigration Services Agency (online) before their departure.They are also required to submit a certificate of being tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their departure.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html




The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence launches with key international partners

GPAI is an international and multistakeholder initiative to support and guide the responsible use and development of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth. In order to achieve this goal, the initiative will look to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied projects, pilots, and experimentation on AI-related priorities.

In collaboration with partners and international organizations, GPAI will bring together leading experts from industry, civil society, and governments, and academia to collaborate across four Working Group themes: 1) Responsible AI; 2) Data Governance; 3) The Future of Work; and 4) Innovation & Commercialization. Critically, in the short term, GPAI’s experts will also investigate how AI can be leveraged to better respond to and recover from COVID-19.  Nine Slovenian experts will be involved in the working group research.

GPAI will be supported by a Secretariat, to be hosted at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, as well as by two Centres of Expertise – one each in Montréal and Paris. The Centres will provide administrative and research support for the practical projects undertaken or assessed by Working Group experts from various sectors and disciplines. The Centres will also plan the annual GPAI Multistakeholder Experts Group Plenary, the first of which will be hosted by Canada in December 2020.

GPAI’s founding members include Australia, Canada, the European Union, Germany, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. GPAI members commit to the responsible and human-centric development and use of AI in a manner consistent with human rights, fundamental freedoms, and our shared democratic values.


Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo is announcing an international creative competition on May 20, the World Bee Day.




The topic of the competition:

BEE, which we SEE, SHARE its story, which is BEAUTIFUL and which we SWEAR we will always take care of.

Bee-themed creations can be drawings, photographs or products made of different materials (paper, cardboard, wood, styrofoam, etc.). Two products made of different materials will be awarded.

Competition conditions:

The competition is open to young people and to those who are young at heart, of all nationalities, genders and beliefs. There is no registration fee.

We accept only one artwork per person.

The selection of the jury is final and complaints will not be accepted. The application should include personal data: name, surname, address, telephone number, e-mail address (for contact). The awarded products will be exhibited at the embassy. We do not return original products.

The competition ends on October 1. We accept all artwork through mail at the address of the Embassy.




The logistic route through the Port of Koper and through Slovenia is working without disruptions and reliably.

We can assure that the Port of Koper is currently fully operational despite various safety measures taken to protect employees and everyone else in the port area and to reduce the spreading of the Covid 19 infection. The border post control and customs authorities are working 24/7 and in compliance of safety measures, ensuring safe traffic of goods.

We would like to inform you that rail freight traffic across all border crossings and on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia is running normally. Despite certain limitations of road traffic in neighbouring countries and on road border crossings, road freight traffic, including transit road freight traffic is running normally. 

Due to the COVID 19 and in order to support health and safety in Road Freight Transport, the Ministry of Infrastructure has suspended the limitation for truck traffic in Slovenia - vehicles with a maximum permissible weight more than 7.500 kg - on Sundays and non-working days from 8 am to 9 pm and on Friday before Easter holiday from 2 pm to 9 pm.

All notifications regarding the situation of port operations are available on their web site


For any additional assistance or information please do not hesitate to contact us at portkoper@luka-kp.si or call +386 5 6656 100.

Agreement to establish the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI), as a Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO in Ljubljana, Slovenia signed

The impact and potential consequences of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are proving to be crucial for humanity. As a general-purpose technology, AI has the potential to reshape societies, the economy and politics. Aggressive deployment of AI are raising concerns across the globe as it is rapidly transforming different spheres of human agency, and pushing humanity in a state of moral flux and raising many ethical questions. In order to better appreciate and counter challenges of AI, the Government of Slovenia proposed to establish an International Center on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI), as a Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO in Ljubljana.

The Agreement was signed on distance by Minister of Education, Science and Sport and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Jernej Pikalo and UNESCO’s Assistant Director Dr.  Moez Chakchouk as the representative of the Director General. During the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Pikalo expressed his confidence in the Government’s partnership with UNESCO and noted “This agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia illustrates a strong foundation for the future activities of IRCAI and represents a direct response to the challenges many member states are faced with in view of emerging AI technologies. “ AI can help to pave the way for new opportunities for sustainable development, and help in constructing knowledge societies. This Center denotes Government of Slovenia and UNESCO’s collective vision to better understand AI’s role for humanity”. 

The establishment of IRCAI was debated during UNESCO’s Executive Board at its 206th session and was subsequently approved during the 40th session of the UNESCO’s General Conference, which validated the proposal and authorized the Director-General to sign an agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia concerning the establishment and operation of the Centre.

The Center will not only maximize the benefits of AI to achieve SDGs, but also expedite a multi-stakeholder mechanism to put AI under the litmus test of ethical,  legal,  openness and policy challenges. The Centre would add a unique focus and further expertise on AI to UNESCO’s programs, especially to leverage the power and capability of AI across various areas of competence by generating relevant statistics on AI, AI-related applications and associated technological innovations.

Recently launched publication “Steering AI and Advanced ICTs for Knowledge Societies” engages in the analysis and reflection of AI and addresses the challenges and opportunities of AI from a human rights, openness, inclusive access and multistakeholder perspective and advocates for steering clear of both technological utopianism, and dystopian thinking while giving attention to the role of human agency and human-centered values in the development of AI.

More information about UNESCO’s work on human centered AI is available at en.unesco.org/artificial-intelligence.

For more information, please contact Bhanu Neupane (b.neupane@unesco.org (link sends e-mail))


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Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tokio

14-12 Minamiaoyama 7-chome 
Tokyo 107- 0062 

T: + 81 3 54 68 62 75
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