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 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino’s visit to Zambia


 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino paid an official visit to Zambia from 28th June to 2nd July. This year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Zambia, and the Zambian government invited the Prince and Princess of Japan to be part of the commemoration of this historic occasion and highlight of this memorable year. Prince and Princess Akishino paid a courtesy call on Acting President, Hon. Wynter Kabimba, laid a wreath at the Freedom Statue, as well as calling on the first Republican President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and visiting Livingstone, the University of Zambia, the University Teaching Hospital, besides other places of interest.

 On 1st July 2014, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino attended  a Reception hosted by the Embassy of Japan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Zambia. Distinguished Guests included His Honour, Dr. Guy. L. Scott, Vice President, Hon. Harry Kalaba, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Fackson Shamenda, MP, Minister of Labour and Hon. Christopher Yaluma, MP, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Hon.Sylvia Masebo, MP, Minister of Tourism and Art.

 H. E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, delivered an opening speech, mentioning Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress’ visit to Zambia in 1983 and the Fifth International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held last year. He further emphasized that it is of extremely importance that the friendly relationship between the two countries is enhanced even further over the next 50 years on the basis of our cordial relations in the last 50 years. Moreover, His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality from the people of Zambia and paid tribute to Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the first Republican President, as well as all others who have contributed to the independence and development of Zambia.

 About 300 guests from the Government of Zambia, Zambian companies, universities, mass media, sports organizations, Japanese companies, ODA related organizations, and diplomatic and international organizations interacted with each other at the Reception and strengthened the ties of friendship. Also, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers(JOCV) added excitement to the ceremony by performing a Japanese traditional dance “Soran Bushi”.

 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino visited Zambia in this remarkable year of the 50th Anniversary to mark the independence of Zambia as well as the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations, offering occasions for re-acknowledging and further developing the cordial relationship between Japan and Zambia.



 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess meeting    Speech by His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino,         Japanese residents in Zambia                      50th Anniversary Reception