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Dean of the African Development Corporation and Eritrea Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki (front row, seventh from right); State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi (seventh from left); Secretary-General, Japan-African Union parliamentary Friendship League Asahiko Mihara (sixth from left); President of the National Assembly of Djibouti Mohamed Ali Houmed, (sixth from right); Director-General, Affrican Affairs Depaartment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norio Maruyama, (fifth from right); and Lesotho Ambassador and Chair of the Africa Day Reception 2015 Richard Ramoeletsi (fourth from right) pose with other ambassadors, and Diet members during a reception to celebrate Africa Day at the Angolan Embassy in Tokyo on May 26.
Dean of the African Development Corporation and Eritrea Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki (front row, seventh from right); State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi (seventh from left); Secretary-General, Japan-African Union parliamentary Friendship League Asahiko Mihara (sixth from left); President of the National Assembly of Djibouti Mohamed Ali Houmed, (sixth from right); Director-General, Affrican Affairs Depaartment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norio Maruyama, (fifth from right); and Lesotho Ambassador and Chair of the Africa Day Reception 2015 Richard Ramoeletsi (fourth from right) pose with other ambassadors, and Diet members during a reception to celebrate Africa Day at the Angolan Embassy in Tokyo on May 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

The Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors and Heads of Missions in Japan (SWAAJ), including Qatar’s Jamila Al-Suwaidi (third from left), president of SWAAJ), Kuwait’s Jamilah Al-Otaibi (fourth from left) and other SWAAJ members, host a luncheon in honor of Princess Takamado (center) at the Kuwait embassy in Tokyo on May 14.

The Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors and Heads of Missions in Japan (SWAAJ), including Qatar’s Jamila Al-Suwaidi (third from left), president of SWAAJ), Kuwait’s Jamilah Al-Otaibi (fourth from left) and other SWAAJ members, host a luncheon in honor of Princess Takamado (center) at the Kuwait embassy in Tokyo on May 14. | MIKI OSHITA


Senegal Ambassador Cheikh Niang (left), shares a toast with Ambassador in charge of RECs, Peace and Security in Africa Hiroyasu Kobayashi, during a reception to celebrate Senegal’s 55th National Day at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo on May 25.

Senegal Ambassador Cheikh Niang (left), shares a toast with Ambassador in charge of RECs, Peace and Security in Africa Hiroyasu Kobayashi, during a reception to celebrate Senegal’s 55th National Day at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo on May 25. | YOSHIAKI MIURA