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Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam (center) poses with Area Manager of Japan Mesay Shiferaw (left) and Ethiopian Tourism Organization CEO Solomon Tadesse during a press conference announcing direct flights between Narita and Addis Ababa at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on April 23.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam (center) poses with Area Manager of Japan Mesay Shiferaw (left) and Ethiopian Tourism Organization CEO Solomon Tadesse during a press conference announcing direct flights between Narita and Addis Ababa at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on April 23. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Israel Ambassador Ruth Kahanoff (second from left) shares a toast with (from left) Eriko Yamatani, chairperson of National Public Safety Commission; Atsuhide Kato, head of Katoukichibee Shouten Co.; Defense Minister and Chairman of the Japan-Israel Parliamentary Friendship League Gen Nakatani; and Yasuhide Nakayama, state minister for foreign affairs, at a reception for Israel’s 67th Independence Day at the Capitol Hotel Tokyu on April 23.

Israel Ambassador Ruth Kahanoff (second from left) shares a toast with (from left) Eriko Yamatani, chairperson of National Public Safety Commission; Atsuhide Kato, head of Katoukichibee Shouten Co.; Defense Minister and Chairman of the Japan-Israel Parliamentary Friendship League Gen Nakatani; and Yasuhide Nakayama, state minister for foreign affairs, at a reception for Israel’s 67th Independence Day at the Capitol Hotel Tokyu on April 23. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


The President of the Association of Wives Of African Ambassadors in Japan (AWAAJ) Mamosa Likeleko Ramoeletsi, wife of the ambassador of Lesotho, speaks at a charity dinner, the proceeds of which are being donated to organizations dealing with the less privileged in Japan and Africa.

The President of the Association of Wives Of African Ambassadors in Japan (AWAAJ) Mamosa Likeleko Ramoeletsi, wife of the ambassador of Lesotho, speaks at a charity dinner, the proceeds of which are being donated to organizations dealing with the less privileged in Japan and Africa. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

AWAAJ members pose at the dinner at Tokyo Marriott Hotel on April 24.
AWAAJ members pose at the dinner at Tokyo Marriott Hotel on April 24. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

South African Ambassador Mohau Pheko (second from left), Minister Plenipotentiary Nosicelo Mbele (second from right) share a toast with three high school essay contest winners (from left) Karin Hiramatsu, Kyoko Ishiguro and Hikaru Ito, during a reception to celebrate the country’s National Day at the official residence in Tokyo on April 27.

South African Ambassador Mohau Pheko (second from left), Minister Plenipotentiary Nosicelo Mbele (second from right) share a toast with three high school essay contest winners (from left) Karin Hiramatsu, Kyoko Ishiguro and Hikaru Ito, during a reception to celebrate the country’s National Day at the official residence in Tokyo on April 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


New Honorary Consul of Romania to Osaka Tetuso Agata (right) shakes hands with Romanian Ambassador Radu Serban, during a signing of the protocol ceremony at the Romanian embassy in Tokyo on April 27.

New Honorary Consul of Romania to Osaka Tetuso Agata (right) shakes hands with Romanian Ambassador Radu Serban, during a signing of the protocol ceremony at the Romanian embassy in Tokyo on April 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA