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Reception for the Birthday of His Majesty,

the Emperor of Japan


On 3rd December 2013, the Embassy of Japan hosted a Reception to celebrate the Birthday of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, at the Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka. Distinguished Guests included Hon. Harry Kalaba, MP, Minister of Lands, Natural, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Hon. Greyford Monde, MP, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Nixson Silangwa, MP, Deputy Minister of Interior and Hon. Lawrence Evans, MP, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Arts. The Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Hideki Yamaji delivered an opening speech on behalf of Ambassador-designate Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, mentioning the strengthening of bilateral relations between Japan and the Republic of Zambia which was represented by the Fifth International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held this year in Yokohama as well as the visit to Japan by H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia. Mr.Yamaji further emphasized that the Embassy of Japan was planning various large-scale events, including a Trade and Investment Promotion Forum, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Japan-Zambia diplomatic relations next year, and Japan was intending to continue to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in various fields. Also, the Guest of Honour, Hon. Greyford Monde, MP, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock expressed appreciation for Japan's development assistance to the Republic of Zambia, further showing the government’s intention to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Japan as a cooperating partner with shared interests.

At the Reception, the Embassy staff sang the national anthems of both countries on the stage, to music played by a student band from Evelyn Hone College, impressing those present. The function room was decorated with “Ikebana”, a Japanese traditional flower arrangement, and JICA and Japanese companies set up their exhibits, which included displays of Japanese cars, providing a platform leading to the strengthening of economic relations between the Republic of Zambia and Japan.

Over 240 guests from the Government of Zambia, Zambian companies, universities, mass media, sports organizations, Japanese companies, ODA related organizations, and diplomatic and international organizations interacted at the Reception and strengthened the ties of friendship.


To read the Counsellor's speech, please click here.