[29th April 2013]


H.E. Mr. Benson H. O. Ogutu (right) and Major General Bashir Y. Haji during a welcome reception in honour of the delegation at the Residence on 22nd April, 2013.

A delegation of fifteen (14) participants from the National Defence College – Kenya (NDC) visited Japan for a study tour from 21st – 27th April, 2013. The delegation, which was led by the NDC Deputy Commandant, Major General B. Y. Haji, comprised of senior military officers, civil servants and their counterparts from Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa, who were expected to undertake higher responsibilities in strategic direction and management of security and other related areas of public policy. The aim of the study tour was to examine, at first hand and from a strategic perspective, the prevailing situation and future prospects in regard to security, stability and prosperity of Japan.

During their study tour, the delegation held meetings with the following Government Ministries in Tokyo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Defence and its National Defence Institute; and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The Delegation also visited Toshiba Science Museum, Panasonic Center, and the Ground Self Defence Force Information Center. They also visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as well as Toyota Factory in Nagoya city. The meetings and excursions afforded opportunities for the delegation to learn various aspects of prosperity of Japan.

H.E. Mr. Benson H.O. Ogutu, Ambassador, hosted a welcome reception for the delegation at the Residence on 22nd April, 2013. The reception was attended by Their Excellencies' the Ambassadors from Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Charge D'affaires of the Embassy of Uganda and a representative of the Embassy of South Africa.
The Ambassadors thanked the delegation for choosing Japan for their study tour.

Mr. Benson H. O. Ogutu (seated Center) with Ambassadors of Tanzania (seated first from left), Rwanda (standing 1st from left), and Malawi (standing 1st from right) pose for a photo with the NDC Delegation at the Residence on 22nd April, 2013.

Major General B. Y. Haji (seated 4th left) and Major General Yorito Yamamoto (seated 4th from right) pose for group photo at the National Institute for Defence Studies on 23rd April, 2013.

The National Defence College Delegation at the Ground Self Defence Force Information Center at Saitama Prefecture in Japan on 24th April, 2013.

Major General B. Y. Haji lays a wreath of flowers in memory of the A-bomb victim at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on 25th April, 2013.

Major General exchanges gifts with Mr. Atsuro Sasaki, Deputy Mayor of Hiroshima city on 25th April, 2013.

The delegation visits Miyajima Island in Hiroshima on 25th April, 2013.

Major General poses for a photo with official of Toshiba Science Museum on 22nd April, 2013.

The delegation at Toyota Factory in Nagoya city on 26th April, 2013.

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