[18th July 2017]

MEETING/ RECEPTION FOR DIASPORA IN FUKUOKA CITY, KYUSHU PREFECTURE, ON 16th JUNE, 2017

Group photo during the reception

The Mission held a very resourceful meeting with Diaspora in Fukuoka city, Kyushu Prefecture, on 16th June, 2017 and thereafter hosted a reception for them. The Mission was represented by Mr. Paul Kaliih- Minister Counselor and Mr. John Njihia – Financial attaché.

Kyushu Region experienced a major Earthquake (7.0 magnitude) in April 2016 leading to loss of 50 lives and displacing many. During the meeting, the diaspora, especially the students, expressed their gratitude to the Mission for its prompt action that enabled them to be evacuated to safer grounds in good time, after natural disaster and the good care extended to them until they returned back to their residences after the situation normalized. In response, the Minister-Counselor underscored the need for all the Diaspora to register with the Mission so that they could effectively be provided with appropriate Consular services and for their effective engagement in the National Development agenda.

He further appealed to the Diaspora to urgently conduct new elections to replace the former officials of their Welfare Association Chapter (KIJA) who have since relocated from Japan. A renowned Kenyan Volleyball Coach based in the region, Mr.Geofrey Okumu, expressed willingness to be part of the technical bench during the National Women Volleyball team’s (Malkia Strikers) preparations for Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

Group photo: Minister Counselor with some of the Diaspora

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