Japanese Embassy Marks National Day
By Mujahid Iqbal & Photos by Saeed Ahmed
KUWAIT CITY, Dec, 4: The Japanese Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Takashi Ashiki held a reception to commemorate the birthday of his Majesty’s the Emperor of Japan and the country’s National Day with Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah as the guest of honour.
Members of the diplomatic corps, guests from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japanese nationals and media personnel attended the function organized at the ambassador’s residence on Monday, 03 December 2018.
The event opened with the singing of the Kuwait’s and Japan’s national anthem respectively. In his opening remarks, the Japanese Ambassador Ashiki welcomed the gathering and highlighted the strong bilateral ties between Kuwait and Japan. Japan is ranked as Kuwait’s third biggest trade partner and Kuwait is Japan’s third crude supplier,” stated Ashiki as he welcomed members of the diplomatic corps, media and other distinguished guests to the auspicious occasion.
The ambassador highlighted the trade exchange between both countries as it continues to hit new records year after year. “We hope Japanese companies would continue to play significant role in Kuwait’s infrastructure development,” he stated.
He added that there has been an amazingly increasing interest of Kuwait youth in the Japanese Pop Culture. “Japan attaches great importance to other areas of cooperation with Kuwait in addition to business relations. I hereby invite Kuwaiti citizens and expats to visit Japan and get to know more about our culture, especially on the occasions of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and 2025 Expo in Osaka. We look forward to welcoming you in Japan,” he enjoined.
The reception was capped with the ceremonial cutting of the cake led by Ashiki and Al-Jarallah followed by a dinner buffet featuring a wide array of Japanese cuisine from sushi, sashimi, tempura and whole a lot more.