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French Ambassador Thierry Dana (right) and his wife Florence Godfernaux (third from right) prepare for a toast with (from left) former Vice President of the House of Councilors Akiko Santo, Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Hakubun Shimomura, Vahid Halilhodzic, head coach of the Japanese national soccer team, and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, during a reception celebrating the country
French Ambassador Thierry Dana (right) and his wife Florence Godfernaux (third from right) prepare for a toast with (from left) former Vice President of the House of Councilors Akiko Santo, Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Hakubun Shimomura, Vahid Halilhodzic, head coach of the Japanese national soccer team, and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, during a reception celebrating the country’s National Day at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on July 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Egyptian Ambassador Ismail Khairat (second from right) participates in a cake-cutting ceremony with (from left) Yuriko Koike, chairman of Japan-Egypt Parliamentarians Friendship League, Special Advisor to the JICA President Sadako Ogata (former president of JICA and UNHCR) and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane during a reception to celebrate Egypt

Egyptian Ambassador Ismail Khairat (second from right) participates in a cake-cutting ceremony with (from left) Yuriko Koike, chairman of Japan-Egypt Parliamentarians Friendship League, Special Advisor to the JICA President Sadako Ogata (former president of JICA and UNHCR) and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane during a reception to celebrate Egypt’s National Day at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on July 13. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


President of the Mexican Senate Miguel Barbosa (third from left) poses during his official visit to Japan at a reception on July 10 commemorating the solidarity that Kumaichi Horiguchi, then Charge d

President of the Mexican Senate Miguel Barbosa (third from left) poses during his official visit to Japan at a reception on July 10 commemorating the solidarity that Kumaichi Horiguchi, then Charge d’ Affaires of Japan, demonstrated with the people of Mexico in 1913. Mexican Ambassador Carlos Fernando Almada Lopez (second from left) and his wife Mara Madero de Almada (third from right) hosted the event at their official residence and were joined by Horiguchi’s grandchild Sumireko Horiguchi (center) and other members of the Horiguchi family. | YOSHIAKI MIURA