[29th July 2015]


As part of his familiarization visits, His Excellency Ambassador S.K. Maina recently visited the Oita Prefecture where he paid a courtesy call on the President of the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Prof. Shun Korenaga on 23rd July 2015. During the meeting, His Excellency was pleased to learn from President Korenaga that 12 Kenyan students are pursuing high quality education at the University. He noted that each of the students had been given a chance to realize their academic dreams. He thanked the University for its Commitment to enroll more African students at the University and underlined that the meeting provided a unique opportunity for the Embassy and the University to have friendly and focused discussions on future approaches to strengthen the existing warm and cordial relations between the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and the Kenyan Embassy in Tokyo.

Speaking to the Africa team at the University led by Prof. Dr. Yuichi KONDO, His Excellency pledged to support their efforts in Africa. He told them that the Embassy values their tremendous support for Kenya and the kind of cooperation the University has established with Kenyan Institutions and schools.

H.E. the Ambassador also paid a courtesy call on the Mayor of Beppu Mr. Yasuhiro Nagano. He thanked him for the good work he is doing for Beppu and conveyed his gratitude to the city of Beppu City for the warm and friendly welcome accorded to all Kenyan students who reside the beautiful city.

The Ambassador who was accompanied by Dr. Emmanuel Mutisya and Mr. Paul K. Ndung'u also met and had a working dinner with Kenyan Students at the APU on the evening of 23rd July 2015. He thanked the students for being exemplary in what they are doing at the University and called on them to be united and to support the Embassy by being good Ambassadors for their motherland. He also promised to support their activities "we work together in the pursuit of our common goal of creating closer understanding between Japan and Kenya because in so doing we actualize a vision of forging stronger partnerships for Africa. After the meeting the group elected a new leadership team led by Mr. Eugene Wanyama as Chair of KIJA in Oita.

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