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Japanese Ambassador’s Karate Cup




  The Embassy of Japan in Zambia hosted the Sixth Japanese Ambassador’s Karate Cup in the Republic of Zambia in association with the Martial Arts Federation of Zambia on 25th and 26th June at International School of Lusaka.


  The event brought together about 200 Karatekas who competed in the Kata, the Semi-Contact and the Full-Contact categories and demonstrated their highly skilled abilities. Those in attendance included Karatekas from Kyokusin-kan, Shouto-kan, Dento-kan, Gouju-ryu and Asiwara-karate. Also in attendance were H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia and Ms. Agnes Musunga, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sport, delivering an address and awarding medals to the finalists.






  The Embassy hosted a Reception in honour of the Karate Cup at the Ambassador’s Residence by inviting the Karatekas and other sport organizations. At the reception, the Embassy introduced Japanese food and Japanese Sake, thereby presenting a good opportunity for the expansion of the understanding of Japanese culture.



  While the number of Karate players is still low, currently just over 2,000, it is expected that a mutual understanding will be enhanced through Karate, and the Japan-Zambia relationship will continue to be enriched.


To read the speech by H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia at this ceremony, please click here.


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