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Sixakeko Yengane

Charge d'Affaires a.i.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho

Date of birth: Dec. 18, 1978

Hometown: Mokhotlong, Lesotho

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 2 (as of October 2017)

Sixakeko Yengane
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

Language and weather.
The second day I arrived in Japan, there was a big snowfall in Tokyo. I couldn’t
go to work, the cars and trains were not moving or were delayed. Other times,
I would take an express train instead of a local train and miss my stop,
because I couldn’t tell the difference.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

Never give up on any challenge that you might be faced with in life. You
should always overcome any challenge in life no matter how big or difficult it
is. I have chosen that motto because I believe there is nothing impossible in
life as long as you believe.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

To see Their Majesties the King and Queen of Lesotho visit Japan in
November 2016 while I was posted here. This will remain the highlight of my
career. I have also facilitated a number of business visits between Lesotho
and Japan in my two years in this country, and I have managed to
disseminate information about my country, leading to a number of Japanese
visiting Lesotho.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My main goal is to see the people of Lesotho and Japan exchange visits,
cultural exchanges, people-to-people interactions and business visits.
I’m a career diplomat and I want to spend my career doing this. I want to see
and contribute to the strengthening of the already existing relations between
our two countries as a servant of my people and my country.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

I can say that Japanese people work very hard, they are very peaceful and
respect not only each other, but also foreign people. Anybody will enjoy
working in Japan, and they will also enjoy the culture and good food. Japan is
one of the most-developed countries in Asia and life is not as difficult as it is in
many countries. But the weather is a challenge, with winter longer than
summer, but anyone can enjoy the short, but wonderful, spring in Japan.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018