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Slovenia Ambassador Helena Drnovsek Zorko (left) presents a certificate to Slovenian rakugo comic storyteller Katsura Sunshine naming him friendship ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia at LOUNGE by Francfranc in Tokyo on June 2.
Slovenia Ambassador Helena Drnovsek Zorko (left) presents a certificate to Slovenian rakugo comic storyteller Katsura Sunshine naming him friendship ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia at LOUNGE by Francfranc in Tokyo on June 2. | SLOVENIA EMBASSY

On the occasion of Sakidori France 2015, an annual Atout France event, a press dinner was held at Meiji Kinenkan on June 9 with a delegation of 50 French partners, having the honor of the presence of French Ambassador Thierry Dana. The dinner, hosted by Paris and Normandy Region Tourist Boards, was an opportunity to present the attractiveness of Normandy and Ile de France through Impressionism.

On the occasion of Sakidori France 2015, an annual Atout France event, a press dinner was held at Meiji Kinenkan on June 9 with a delegation of 50 French partners, having the honor of the presence of French Ambassador Thierry Dana. The dinner, hosted by Paris and Normandy Region Tourist Boards, was an opportunity to present the attractiveness of Normandy and Ile de France through Impressionism. | ATOUT FRANCE


Rita Mannella Giorgi (second from right), the wife of the Italian ambassador, teaches students traditional Italian cooking at the Hattori Nutrition College on June 6.

Rita Mannella Giorgi (second from right), the wife of the Italian ambassador, teaches students traditional Italian cooking at the Hattori Nutrition College on June 6. | MAKI YAMAMOTO-ARAKAWA


The Papua Week

The Papua Week ‘To The Heart of The Bird of Paradise Land’ promotion event presented tribal talks, photographs, traditional dance performances and a fashion show at the ASEAN-Japan Centre in Tokyo on June 11. Papua New Guineans pose with Indonesian Ambassador Yusron Ihza Mahendra (back row, center), Photographer Evi Aryati Arbay (back row, fifth from left). | YOSHIAKI MIURA


British Ambassador Tim Hitchens (right) shakes hands with former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori during a reception to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the ambassador

British Ambassador Tim Hitchens (right) shakes hands with former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori during a reception to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the ambassador’s residence on June 11. Behind them are Madame Tussauds’s wax figures of Prince William and his wife, Kate. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Philippine Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez (center), raises a glass with Kenji Kosaka (left), president of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentarians
Philippine Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez (center), raises a glass with Kenji Kosaka (left), president of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentarians’ Friendship League, and Teruo Asada (right), chairman of The Philippine Society of Japan to celebrate of the 117th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo on June 12. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Kent D. Lee, president and CEO of East View (left), visited The Japan Times on June 5 to mark his company
Kent D. Lee, president and CEO of East View (left), visited The Japan Times on June 5 to mark his company’s appointment as an agent to sell the paper’s digital archives. | YOSHIAKI MIURA