[22nd November 2016]

VISIT TO JAPAN BY HON. JUSTIN MUTURI, SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF KENYA, 7th -12th November 2016

Hon.Muturi (Speaker) being welcomed by Prime Minister, H.E. Shinzo Abe

Hon. Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi, speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya was on official visit to Japan from 7th to 12th November, 2016. The Kenyan delegation also included, Hon. Aden Bare Duale, Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly, Hon James Ndungu Githenji, Chairman, Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, Hon. Cecily Mutitu Mbarire, Chair Person, Kenya Women Parliamentarians, Hon. Dr. Humprey Kimani Njuguna, M.P, Hon. Rachael Ameso Amollo, M.P, Hon. Keturet Ole Ntutu, M.P, Hon. Francis Mwangangi Kilonzo, M.P, Mr. Justin Bundi, Clerk to the National assembly and Parliamentary staff. He was on invitation by Hon. Tadamori Oshima, the Speaker of House of Representatives of Japan.

During the visit, the Speaker held several bilateral meetings with top Japanese Government officials including, the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two Bicameral Parliamentary(The Diet) Speakers, Hon. Tadamori Oshima and Hon. Chuichi Date, Hon. Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) and Hon.Keiichi Ishii, Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism among others. Issues of bilateral and mutual interests, including tourism, trade, investment and infrastructural developments being undertaken in Kenya through Japanese Government Official Development Assistance (ODA) were discussed. These included: Access of Kenyan exports to Japanese markets, Tourist travels to Kenya, infrastructural development and the expansion of Port of Mombasa, the Northern corridor, the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Dongo Kundu, Mombasa, Geo-thermal power generation at Ol Karia and the fertilizer factory in Eldoret among others. Before his departure from Tokyo for Nagoya and Hiroshima cities, the Speaker also held a meeting with Secretary-General of ruling LDP, Hon. Toshihiro Nikai in which it was agreed that a team of Japanese Parliamentarians will pay a reciprocal visit to Kenya in early 2017. The Japanese side further requested their itinerary to include visits to world famous tourist sites in Kenya.

On arrival in Nagoya, the delegation was received by top officials of Toyota Tsusho Corporation. He then toured the Toyota Kaikan Museum, the Motomachi Toyota Factory, Toyota Tsusho Corporation Headquarters and the Kenya Honorary Consulate. At Hiroshima City, Speaker and his delegation were received and hosted by Amb.Yasuyoshi Komizo, Chairperson of Hiroshima Peace cultural foundation and H.W.Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima city.

At the end of his meeting with the Hiroshima Leaders, it was agreed that, next year, seedlings from a tree that survived 1945 A-Bomb in Hiroshima will be planted at United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Headquarters, Nairobi, after the same seedlings will have been planted at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva and New York. The tree has come to be referred to as a key symbol of world's commitment to global peace devoid of nuclear armament. The Speaker wounded up his visit to Japan with a tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and other peace memorial monuments around the Park and laid a wreath at cenotaph, peace memorial Park in memory of the 1945 A-Bomb victims.

During the visit, the Speaker was accompanied by senior Japanese Government officials and the staff of the Kenya Embassy headed by Amb.S. K.Maina, M.B.S.

Hon. Muturi, during his meeting with Prime Minister, H.E. Shinzo Abe

Hon. Muturi (Middle Right) exchanges gifts with his host Japanese Speaker (House of Representatives) Hon. Tadamori Oshima at his Chambers.

Hon. Muturi (Speaker) exchanges gifts with Hon. Chuichi Date, Japanese Speaker of House of Councillors (Upper House)

Hon. Muturi (left) with Amb. S.K. Maina, M.B.S. during his meeting With Embassy staff at the Chancery Conference Hall.

Hon. Muturi (Speaker) exchanges gifts with Hon. Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastucture, Transport and Tourism

Kenyan Delegation exchange gifts with Hon. Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of LDP, accompanied by Japanese Members of Parliament after their consultative meeting.

The Kenyan Delegation pose for a group photo at Motomachi Plant of Toyota Motors Corporation in Nagoya.

Hon. Muturi ,Speaker, Hon. Githenji, Embassy Staff and Chairman and Vice President of Toyota Tsusho during his visit to Kenya Consulate in Nagoya.

His Worship Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima welcomes Kenyan Speaker (Hon. Muturi) on arrival at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Moment of Silence (Speaker and Mayor) in honour of 1945 Atomic Bomb Victims after the Speaker laid a commemorative wreath at Cenotaph

Hon. Speaker signs visitor's book at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Looking on from left: Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizu, Chairman of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, P.M. Kaliih MC, Kenya Embassy, Hon. Mwagangi , MP and Hon. Aden Duale, leader of Majority

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