Japanese Ambassador's Award in Zambia
H.E Mr Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia presented Japanese Ambassador’s Award to Ms. Keiko Takaishi at Ambassador’s Residence on 25th January 2013, in recognition of her long commitment to the Japanese Community in Zambia and contribution to mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the Republic of Zambia.
Ms. Takaishi has been living in Zambia for more than three decades, since 1979. During this period, she has participated in various activities encompassing amongst other things, exchanges in sport. She was a founder member of the Japanese Golf Association in Zambia when it was established in 1981, and she organised golf competitions, inviting players from Japan and Zambia, which contributed furtherance of mutual understanding.
Ms. Takaishi served as President of the Japanese Association in Zambia for four years, and also worked in the management of Sakura-kai, or Japanese Spouses Association, for more than 10 years. She took office as President of the Japanese Association in 2008, when the activities of the Association was moving stagnant by, among others, restructuring of Japanese businesses, and displayed strong leadership which resulted in re-energising the Japanese Association and thus welfare of Japanese residents in Zambia.
The award was presented to Ms. Takaishi at a New Year Reception organised by the Ambassador at his Residence. Ms. Takaishi’s reception of the honour awarded to her was celebrated by the attendees at the ceremony. Following the presentation of a Certificate of Commendation and a commemorative award, Ms. Takaishi expressed her appreciation.Ms. Takaishi is the second person to receive this Certificate since the Embassy of Japan opened its office in Zambia in 1970.