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Date of publication: Apr 23, 2018

Muanpuii Saiawi

Counsellor (Information, Education & Culture) and Director Vivekananda Cultural Centre
Embassy of India
www.indembassy-tokyo.gov.in

Hometown: Aizawl, India

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of April 2018)

Muanpuii Saiawi
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

Japan has always fascinated me. I have always admired its beauty, history, innovation and the resilience of the Japanese people. I first visited Japan in November 2012 on duty and had the pleasure of visiting not only Tokyo, but Kamakura as well.

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

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I have chosen this because the world does’t need more people who complain about what is wrong with it. We need people who will make positive changes wherever they are and in their respective fields to leave the world a better place.

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

I am truly honored to represent the government of India as a diplomat. There are many instances of teamwork that have given me immense satisfaction over the course of my career. At the start of my career, I received an award for best officer trainee by the government of India, which was a very proud moment for me.

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

I would like to contribute toward India and Japan’s excellent bilateral relations through the promotion of people-to-people ties. As director of the Vivekananda Cultural Centre at the Embassy of India, I would like many Japanese people to experience the vibrant and multifaceted culture of India.

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

Living and working in Japan is truly an enriching experience. I would like to advise those who have newly moved here to make the most of every moment, learn the language, experience the food, culture, travel and make friends. Toward the end of my stay, I realize how much I have learned from living in this beautiful country.

Last updated: Oct 1, 2018