My name is Ryoichi Horie, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya. I have worked in various missions in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, but among all, I have the longest relationship with Africa. My very first overseas posting was in Nigeria where I worked from 1982 to 1984, and my first Ambassadorial posting was in Sudan where I served from 2012 to 2014. Kenya is the third African country I have been posted to. I have also held various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Japan. During my tenure at the African Affairs Department, I had the privilege of visiting fifteen African countries including Kenya. I visited Nairobi on several occasions in the past and my last visit was almost 30 years ago. I am very impressed with the changes and the development the country has undergone since then.
Kenya is one of the most important countries in Africa politically, economically, and culturally. The relationship between Kenya and Japan is becoming increasingly important. This strong relationship is founded on our shared values and goals for the purpose of development. As a reliable partner, Japan has supported the development of Kenya in various ways, including Official Development Assistance (ODA). Kenya is the biggest beneficiary of Japanese ODA in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, there are a large number of Japanese companies, organizations and individuals in the private sector who have shown their steadfast commitment to Kenya and contribute to its development.
The Embassy of Japan in Kenya also serves Eritrea, Somalia and Seychelles. The Japanese Embassy will do its best to further promote our friendship with Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia and Seychelles.
I will devote all my energy towards strengthening our ties.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Ryoichi HORIE