Virtual Exchange of Messages on the Occasion of Japan’s National Day/the Birthday of H.M. the Emperor of Japan


          On 18th February 2021, H. E. Mr. MIZUUCHI Ryuta, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, and Hon. Dora Siliya, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services of the Republic of Zambia, jointly celebrated Japan’s National Day on the occasion of the birthday of H.M. the Emperor of Japan, who turns 61 on 23rd February. The celebration took place virtually in the face of COVID-19 pandemic, in lieu of a reception which is usually held annually on this occasion. The Ambassador and Hon. Siliya exchanged messages of friendship and cooperation between the Governments and peoples of Japan and Zambia, inter alia, reflection on the development of bilateral relations despite the pandemic in the past year and the future perspectives.
          In his remarks, Ambassador MIZUUCHI touched upon the bonds between the Imperial Family of Japan and Zambia, and commended the efforts by the Government of Zambia in its fight against COVID-19 as well as for achieving debt sustainability. The Ambassador reassured his willingness to continue working closely with the Zambian Government and people.
          Before closing his remarks, Ambassador revealed that this year marks the 440th Anniversary of Japan-Africa Exchanges since the engagement of Yasuke, the “first African Samurai,” by Oda Nobunaga, in 1581 as one of his ranks. The Embassy plans to host events commemorating this historical fact.
          Hon. Siliya expressed her best wishes on behalf of the Government and people of Zambia to H.M the Emperor of Japan, as well as appreciation towards the support from Japan.
To read the speech by Ambassador MIZUUCHI, please click here.
Furthermore, the message by H.E. Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the birthday of H.M. the Emperor of Japan can be found here