Kampai (cheers) led by the President of the Botswana-Japan Friendship Association, Mr. Ryochi Matsuyama.
TEXT: Embassy of the Republic of Botswana
On September 30th, 2016, the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana in partnership with Botswana Tourism Organization (BTO), celebrated Botswana’s Golden Jubilee with key stakeholders at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel. The purpose of the reception was to share the socio-economic journey of Botswana going from humble beginnings to being an upper middle income state and Japan’s immense contribution towards that success.
The reception was attended by over 200 guests, chief among them being Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, President of the House of Representatives and the Japan-AU Parliamentary League, Hon. Shunsuke Takei, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Asahiko Mihara, Deputy President Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League and Mr. Shinsuke Okuno, Member of the House of Representatives.
During his address to the guests, Ambassador Jacob D. Nkate touted the flourishing relations between the Republic of Botswana and Japan, evidenced by the commencement and continuation of various projects. Examples include the adoption of the Japanese Digital Television Broadcasting standard by Botswana; the establishment and recent expansion of the JOGMEC remote sensing centre and financing of construction of the Kazungula Bridge. As of recent, Marubeni Corporation has been tapped into a deal to expand Morupule B power plant by a further 300MW. The project is expected to commence this year and be commissioned in 2020. Botswana will also continue to receive training in various fields in Japan.
In his response, Mr. Ichiro Aisawa congratulated Botswana for her socio-economic progress in the past 50 years and appreciated the country for being the first in Africa to adopt the Japanese Digital Television Technology. He further noted with appreciation, Botswana’s prudent management of its natural resources which has immensely contributed towards development.
The response was then followed by a kampai (cheers) led by the President of the Botswana-Japan Friendship Association, Mr. Ryochi Matsuyama.
An exhibition of Botswana baskets and photos was also displayed for appreciation by the guests. Entertainment was provided by Blanc Blan, a Japanese band that surprised the audience by singing the Botswana national anthem in Setswana.