[15th December 2013]


H.E. Mr. Benson H.O. Ogutu, Kenya's Ambassador to Japan (left) poses for a photo with Dr. Emmanuel Mutisya, Chairman of the Kenyans in Japan Association – KIJA, on 14th December, 2013.

Kenyans in Japan celebrated 50 years of independence in a colourful ceremony that was held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo on 14th December, 2013. The event, which was organized by the Embassy in collaboration with a Committee of Kenyans in Japan Association – KIJA, was attended by more than a hundred Kenyans from various regions in Japan. The first segment of the event was dedicated to a Diaspora Symposium while the second segment was utilized for the Kenya @50 celebrations. H.E. Mr. Benson Ogutu, Kenya's Ambassador to Japan, graced the occasion.

Among the speakers at the Diaspora symposium were; Dr. Emmanuel Mutisya, Chairman of the KIJA; Ms. Sandra Maungu from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation; Dr. Kennedy Okeyo, Assistant Professor at University of Tokyo; Nancy Mwihaki,Vice President of Kenya Friendship Association; Mr. Sammy Kiriru, President of Loxera Advisory Services; Mr. Dick Olango, Architect, Social Design Group; Mr. Stephen Kanyiva, Researcher at University of Tokyo; Mr. Tom Waruinge, Director, Zipang Carz; and Mr. Joseph Karanja, MSc Student at United Nations University. The speakers outlined how their work/ activities in Japan were contributing to Kenya's national development. During the symposium, Kenyans resolved to hold the next Kenya Diaspora Investment Conference (KDIC) in April, 2013.

In his remarks, the Ambassador shared with the Diaspora the message delivered in Nairobi by H.E. the President during the Kenya's Golden Jubilee. He updated on various initiatives by the Government aimed at engaging and mainstreaming the Kenya Diaspora into country's national developmental agenda. These include the recent establishment of the Digital, New Media and Diaspora Directorate at State House to coordinate issues of the Diaspora on a regular basis. The Ambassador also acknowledged with profound appreciation personal contributions by the Kenyans in Japan towards a better Kenya, saying there were a couple of investments and new businesses ventures in Kenya, courtesy of the Diaspora. He asked Kenyans to register with the Embassy.

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