[21st December 2017]


(L-R): H.E. Amb. S.K. Maina, Hon. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary in the office of Prime Minister, Mr. Jun Karube, President & CEO, Toyota Tsusho Corporation as Kenya & Japanese National Anthems are played

On 12th December, 2017, the Embassy hosted a very successful and colorful official reception in celebration of Kenya's 54th Independence Anniversary (Jamhuri Day) at Hotel Marriot, Tokyo. The successful and colorful event attracted approximately 400 guests including: top Japanese Government officials; over 100 Embassies and members of the diplomatic Corps in Japan, the Japanese friends of Kenya and business community as well as Kenyan Diaspora in Japan.

The event was graced by Hon. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary in the office of Prime Minister, as the Guest of Honour who was accompanied by members of Diet (Parliament) and Top Japanese Government officials while the official Toast for the event was conducted By Mr. Jun Karube, the President and CEO of Toyota Tsusho Corporation who is also the Honorary Consul for Kenya in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.

In his remarks, Hon. Nishimura underscored the geo-political strategic importance of Kenya as the gateway to East Africa through its Port of Mombasa. He noted that Japanese government is partnering with Kenyan Government in the expansion and modernization of the Port of Mombasa as the port is crucial in realizing the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy”, being promoted by the Abe administration. He further re-empasized on the importance of development of the Special Economic zone in Dongo Kundu, Mombasa and the East Africa Northern Corridor as the other key priorities of his government in the Region.

The Embassy also published the Ambassador's message on Kenya-Japan bilateral relations (The Japan News and The Japan Times).

During the event, the guests were entertained to Kenyan Music tunes by a Tokyo based Kenyan Artist, Ms. Esther Thirimu (Swinky) and Olethabweko Band (Kenyan) based in Osaka city. Kenyan cuisines such as Biriani, chapati, ugali, mukimo and Nyama choma were also served to the guests.

H.E. Amb. S.K. Maina delivers his Keynote Speech

Hon. Yasutoshi Nishimura delivers his Remarks

Mr. Jun Karube delivers a toast statement

Guests during the toast

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