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Lithuania’s Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas (center), Vice-Minister of Science and Education Svetlana Kauzoniene (left); Vice-Minister of Economy Rasa Noreikiene (right); and Lithuanian Ambassador Egidijus Meilunas (third from left) pose with Representatives of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the Japan Bioindustry Association; the Japan Science and Technology Agency; and MEXT during a welcome reception at the Embassy in Tokyo on May 29. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Central American Countries and Japan, the Central American Film Festival ran from June 1 to 5 at the Instituto Cervantes Tokyo. From left, Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes Tokyo; Lilliam Rodriguez (Costa Rica); Saul Arana Castellon (Nicaragua); Marlene Villea de Talbott (Honduras); Martha Lidia Zelayandia Cisneros (El Salvador); and Cristobal Herrena Dubon (Guatemala) pose at the opening on June 1.

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Central American Countries and Japan, the Central American Film Festival ran from June 1 to 5 at the Instituto Cervantes Tokyo. From left, Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes Tokyo; Lilliam Rodriguez (Costa Rica); Saul Arana Castellon (Nicaragua); Marlene Villea de Talbott (Honduras); Martha Lidia Zelayandia Cisneros (El Salvador); and Cristobal Herrena Dubon (Guatemala) pose at the opening on June 1. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


The Director of the Bulgarian Rose Cultural Association Fumie Yamashita (left) and Bulgarian Ambassador Georgi Vassilev (right) at a reception in honor of

The Director of the Bulgarian Rose Cultural Association Fumie Yamashita (left) and Bulgarian Ambassador Georgi Vassilev (right) at a reception in honor of ”Rose Day” on June 2, at the embassy in Tokyo. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric (right) and his wife, Kumiko (left), welcome Princess Takamado during a reception to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the 1890 rescue of crew members from the Turkish warship Ertugrul, aboard the Turkish frigate TCG Gediz, at Harumi Pier in Tokyo on June 6.

Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric (right) and his wife, Kumiko (left), welcome Princess Takamado during a reception to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the 1890 rescue of crew members from the Turkish warship Ertugrul, aboard the Turkish frigate TCG Gediz, at Harumi Pier in Tokyo on June 6. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


With representatives AKB48, Fuji Television announced at Fuji TV Odaiba on June 8 that this year

With representatives AKB48, Fuji Television announced at Fuji TV Odaiba on June 8 that this year’s Odaiba Yume Tairiku will be held under the theme of Dream Mega Summer ‘MATSURI” 2015. The event will run from July 18 to Aug. 31 and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


From left, Mieko Wanibuchi, chairman of MSIC; Murat Sarayli; vice president of Sarayli Turizm A.S.; Olcay Ungun, chief operating officer of Ungun Holding; and Toshihiro Ogita, president of Hotel Okura Co., join hands at a news conference at the Hotel Okura Tokyo on June 8 to announce the planned opening of a new Okura hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey, in 2017. Okura established a joint venture with local partners in Istanbul on Feb. 13, with plans to open hotels in Istanbul, Ankara and other major cities in Turkey.

From left, Mieko Wanibuchi, chairman of MSIC; Murat Sarayli; vice president of Sarayli Turizm A.S.; Olcay Ungun, chief operating officer of Ungun Holding; and Toshihiro Ogita, president of Hotel Okura Co., join hands at a news conference at the Hotel Okura Tokyo on June 8 to announce the planned opening of a new Okura hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey, in 2017. Okura established a joint venture with local partners in Istanbul on Feb. 13, with plans to open hotels in Istanbul, Ankara and other major cities in Turkey. | HIROKO KIMURA