December 23, 2022


From left to right: Ambassador of Chile to Japan Ricardo Rojas, Princess Takamado and Minister of the Environment Akihiro Nishimura stand at the commemoration of 125 years of diplomatic relations between Chile and Japan held at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo. | Embassy of Chile

Japan Times Chairperson Minako Suematsu met with 15 students and their lecturer, Alexander Ginnan, from Tottori University’s Faculty of Regional Sciences. The students are conducting a research project on the past and present of the newspaper. | The Japan Times

The ambassador of Ireland, Damien Cole (center) with visiting Irish poet Paula Meehan and Andrew Fitzsimons, professor of English at Gakushuin University, at the launch of Fitzsimons’ book “Basho: The Complete Haiku of Matsuo Basho” | Embassy of Ireland

The ambassador of Armenia, Areg Hovhannisian, met the dean of the Letters Faculty of Chuo University, Michinobu Niihara, and the teaching staff. The meeting was preceded by a concert including works of prominent Armenian composers. | Embassy of Armenia

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce presented its annual award to Japanese IT company NTT Data Inc. From left: SpCCJ President Fernando Picazo; NTT Data President and CEO Kazuhiro Nishihata; Ambassador Fidel Sendagorta; and Lladro President Colin Chow. | SpCCJ

On Nov. 18, Ambassador Aleksandra Kovac of Serbia presents Akie Abe, the widow of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with the Order of the Republic of Serbia that the president of the Republic of Serbia awarded her husband in June. | Embassy of Serbia

Cuban Ambassador Miguel A. Ramirez (center right) is received by the president of the Komeito party, Natsuo Yamaguchi (center left). Both confirmed the historic friendly relations between the two peoples and governments. | Embassy of Cuba

Panamanian Ambassador Carlos Pere inaugurates Panama Geisha Week, celebrating Panama’s Homeland Month, at the Saza specialty coffee shop in Tokyo’s Kitte Marunouchi complex on Nov. 16. | Embassy of Panama

In the presence of the chief of protocol of the Foreign Ministry, Takehiro Shimada, diplomatic representatives and compatriots, Cesar Montano, the ambassador of Ecuador, raises the flag at the new office for the embassy. | Embassy of Ecuador

The 14th Czech Business & Culture Networking Event is held on Dec. 12 at the Czech Embassy in Tokyo. Czech IT security products were taken up at the business session, followed by a classical concert. It was organized by the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan with the support of the Czech Embassy. | CCCIJ

Belgian Ambassador Roxane de Bilderling; Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) President Fabrice Tilot; Godiva Japan’s Shinya Kushiyama; AppTweak’s Natsuhi Yasuda, Rina Yoshida, Karin Masuda and Agathe Pradat; Eurasia Trading’s Lennart Bollen; ceramic artist Masaya Imanishi; and Belgo-Luxembourg Market Council Vice-Chairman Hidenori Tsutsui congratulate AppTweak on winning the BLCCJ Nippon Export Award 2022-2023. | BLCCJ

The Embassy of Albania celebrates Albanian Flag Day with a reception held at the Koko Hotel Tsukiji. The embassy hosted Albanian nationals, Japanese friends and ambassadors from Kosovo, Greece and Turkey. Here, Albanian Ambassador Gjergj Teneqexhiu and Kosovo Ambassador Sabri Kicmari are standing in the middle. | Embassy of Albania

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