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TIMES GALLERY – October 2021

October 18, 2021

Serbian Ambassador Aleksandra Kovac met with Yazaki Co. President Shinji Yazaki and discussed further economic cooperation in Serbia — where Yazaki has already made investments — focusing especially on the context of global challenges, on Oct. 5. | Embassy of Serbia

Cuban Ambassador Miguel A. Ramirez (center) and the LDP secretary-general for the House of Councilors, Hiroshige Seko (second from right), agreed Oct. 7 to advance bilateral ties. With them are (from left) Councilors Iwao Horii, Akiko Honda and Yasutada Ohno. | Embassy of Cuba

At the “Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes” photo exhibition in Tokyo, Ambassador of Ireland Paul Kavanagh and the event’s honorary president, Princess Takamado, view his entry “Carp in Matsue” on Oct. 6. | Embassy of Ireland

French Ambassador Philippe Setton meets with Takeharu Yamanaka, the new mayor of Yokohama. They discussed the French Film Festival to be held in Yokohama in November. | Embassy of France

Paraguayan Ambassador Raul Florentin Antola awarded Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Mako the National Order of Merit “Extraordinary Grand Cross” for their contributions to Japanese-Paraguayan relations on Oct. 5, their respective 15th and fifth anniversaries of visiting Paraguay. | Embassy of Paraguay

Belgian Ambassador Roxane de Bilderling gives the decoration of Knight in the Order of Leopold, conferred by King Philippe, to Miako Sudo, former director of the Tokyo office of Visit Flanders, in recognition of her efforts in promoting Belgian tourism for more than 30 years. | Embassy of Belgium

Mexican Ambassador Melba Pria awards sumo women’s league champion Airi Hisano (second from right) the same recognition as male champions for the first time on Oct. 3. | Embassy of Mexico

Counselor Rasheed Arekat from the Jordanian Embassy (first row, fifth from right) attended the third Religion and Politics Forum, which won a 2021 King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize, on Sept. 25. | Embassy of Jordan

Yasuhide Nakayama, the state minister of defense, gives a speech during a concert marking the 30th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Japan. | Rokas Danilevicius

Traditional washi paper artist Rogier Uitenboogaart teaches children how to paint with washi pulp in Tokyo. Jarman International supports Uitenboogaart, who offers washi-making workshops at Kamikoya Studio in Kochi. | Kamikoya Studio

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