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Joao Miguel Vahekeni

Embassy of the Republic of Angola

Date of birth: Nov. 24, 1949

Hometown: Cunene, Angola

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 6 (as of November 2017)

Joao Miguel Vahekeni
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first impression back in 2011 was that the Japanese people were calm and stayed strong even though Japan was still suffering the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. That showed me the resilience and the unity of the nation.

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

My motto is to make Angola and its people enjoy freedom, and to have the country make better use of its natural resources and the endowment of nature for sustainable development and for greater ownership and democracy. Personally, I always try my best to achieve the best outcome.

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

Over the six years since I arrived in Japan, I have been working on promoting Angola in Japan by taking full advantage of every opportunity I have. I am confident that the presence of Angola in Japan has been raised significantly.

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

My goal is to bring the bilateral relations between Angola and Japan to a higher level so that the two nations can build a more solid and unwavering partnership. I am committed to strengthening the ties between our two countries for mutual benefit, and this is what I will pursue.

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

Be persistent in your exploration of Japan. When you want to understand a whole new culture, it’s advisable that you observe first. Be curious about every aspect and try to immerse yourself in its culture, be it food, language, socializing, art, or other areas. This is the fastest way to familiarize yourself with Japan.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018