On the 15th of December 2016, prior to His Majesty the Emperor of Japan’s birthday on December 23rd, a reception in honor of his birthday was held by Mr. Yoshihiro Katayama, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan for the first time in Seychelles. As a sign of the steadfast and long-standing friendship between the two countries, Sir James Mancham, Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, Honorable Didier Dogley, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Honorable Micheal Benstrong, Minister for Fishery and Agriculture, as well as the newly appointed Ambassador Jean-Claude Adrienne from the Office of the President, represented the Government of Seychelles. Members of the diplomatic corps and Japanese residences also joined the reception which took place at the Kempinski resort at Baie Lazare.
Following the national anthems of Japan and Seychelles, Mr. Katayama, delivered a welcome speech in addressing the long-standing friendship of the two countries especially through high-level government official exchanges, and in the area of human resource development and capacity building through training programmes.
Founding President Sir Mancham also made remarks on the long history of the friendship between the two countries reflecting on his various visits to Japan. The Ambassador Adrienn noted the achievements of the recent TICAD summit which brought together African heads of State to focus on mechanisms to alleviate Africa from poverty and capitalize on its enormous resource potentials.
After receiving congratulatory messages, the guests interacted while enjoying the traditional Japanese cuisine and delicacies.