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Yesterday the Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda Takayuki Miyashita told people who joined him in celebrating the Japanese emperor’s anniversary that he is delightful for the fruitful bilateral cooperation between his country and Rwanda.

Amb Miyashita addressing the gathering yesterday

He said that this cooperation manifests itself into various sectors including infrastructures (roads, bridges, electricity, water sanitation…) education and investment into trade.

The Japanese ambassador to Rwanda Miyashita said that during a celebration of the Japanese Emperor’s anniversary that took place at the Ambassador’s residence.

Fortunately since my arrival in Rwanda, Japan-Rwanda bilateral relations have been developing rapidly in various fields, he noted.

He described this developing cooperation as being manifested into road rehabilitation, water supply, and irrigation.

I wish to tell you that our bilateral relations continue to develop in size and number consistently,  he added.

In business there is 15 Japanese companies operating in Rwanda. The number of these companies has doubled since the Amb Takayuki’s arrival.

Japanese also plays a remarkable role in promoting sports as well as its culture in Rwanda in fields of martial arts such as karate.

Ambassador Takayuki Miyashita said that his country supports both financially and technically the Rwanda Karate Federation that embodies not less than 3000 members countrywide.

My embassy organizes a yearly Karate Competition for the Ambassador Cup, he said.

In promoting its culture in Rwanda, Japan plans to give 400 pieces of Tatami to Rwanda Karate Federation.

Pointing out the role that Japanese plays in supporting  Africa’s socio-economic development, Amb Takayuki spoke about the creation of the TICAD(Tokyo International Conference on African Development) that is meant to promote dialogue between Japan and African leaders.

During the TICAD process , leaders of Japan and Africa  have reached a common understanding that the ownership of developing countries and partnership with the international community are the two keys for sustainable development, Amb Takayuki said.

He thanked Rwanda for its full commitment into implementing the TICAD principles.

The guest of honor in the ceremony the Minister of state of the Ministry of infrastructure Germaine Kamayirese thanked the Japanese Embassy for its continuing cooperation with Rwanda.

She went on congratulating the Japanese Emperor’s Anniversary and send him warming wishes from Rwandan population for a better life and long lasting well being.

Kamayirese underlined the role that Japanese played in backing Rwanda in its path towards sustainable development.

We are grateful to Japanese people for its willingness and ability to contribute to our economy and are sure of this cooperation to continue in the coming years, she told media in a brief interview.

The current Japanese Emperor is named Akihito. According to the 1947 constitution, he is “the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people” and he has “no powers related to government”.

He was born 23 December 1933.  He is the 125th Emperor of his line according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.

The yesterday’s ceremony was attended by many diplomats accredited to Rwanda as well as various officials from Rwandan government.

The Amb Takayuki Miyashita showing to Minister Kamayirese some of the Japanese flowers
Min Kamayirese chatting with Ambassador Miyashita
Participants sharing glasses after hearing speeches of both Ambassador and the Minister
Invited guests taking drinks
They also shared Japanese meal


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