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Djibouti Ambassador Ahmed Araita Ali (center) poses with (from left) Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takashi Uto; former Ambassador of Japan to Djibouti Atsushi Nishioka; Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato; Chairman of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority Aboubaker Omar Hadi; the former and the first Ambassador of Djibouti to Japan Rachad Farah; former Justice minister Midori Matsushima; and (back row) President and CEO of Memo
Djibouti Ambassador Ahmed Araita Ali (center) poses with (from left) Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takashi Uto; former Ambassador of Japan to Djibouti Atsushi Nishioka; Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato; Chairman of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority Aboubaker Omar Hadi; the former and the first Ambassador of Djibouti to Japan Rachad Farah; former Justice minister Midori Matsushima; and (back row) President and CEO of Memo’s Co. Domenico Cantatore during a reception to celebrate Djibouti Day and the 37th Anniversary of cooperation and Friendship between Japan and Djibouti at the ANA InterContinental Hotel Tokyo on June 8. | INTERMEDIA JAPAN

Jordan Ambassador Demiye Haddad (left) and his wife, Shifa (second from left) welcome former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (right) and his wife Kiyoko during a reception to celebrate the 16th Anniversary of H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein

Jordan Ambassador Demiye Haddad (left) and his wife, Shifa (second from left) welcome former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (right) and his wife Kiyoko during a reception to celebrate the 16th Anniversary of H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein’s Accession to the Throne and the 69th Independence Day of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Hotel Okura Tokyo on June 15. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Cameroon Ambassador Pierre Ndzengue (center) joins Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and Eritrea Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki (left) and Kazunori Tanaka, a member of the House of Representatives during a cake cutting ceremony at a reception celebrating Cameroon National Day at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on June 19.

Cameroon Ambassador Pierre Ndzengue (center) joins Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and Eritrea Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki (left) and Kazunori Tanaka, a member of the House of Representatives during a cake cutting ceremony at a reception celebrating Cameroon National Day at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on June 19. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


The new Simmons distribution center in Oyama-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The new Simmons distribution center in Oyama-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture.
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Simmons President Masafumi Ito (left) shares a toast with Oyama Mayor Masahide Komiyama during a party to celebrate the opening of the center on June 19.
Simmons President Masafumi Ito (left) shares a toast with Oyama Mayor Masahide Komiyama during a party to celebrate the opening of the center on June 19. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Sake industry representatives kick off the Japan Sake Brewers Association

Sake industry representatives kick off the Japan Sake Brewers Association’s annual public sake tasting fair on June 20, in the Sunshine City complex in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo. Cutting the ribbon were (from left), Miss Nihonshu Sachie Ogawa; Junji Sato, president of Tohoku Meijo Co.; Yoshitsugu Iemura, president of the National Research Institute of Brewing; Shigeyuki Shinohara, chairman of the Japan Sake and Shochu Markers; Koichi Saura, president of Saura Co.; and mascot Ochoko-kun. | YOSHIAKI MIURA