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Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong (third from left) prepares to toast with, from left, Chairman of the General Council of the LDP and the Japan-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Nikai Toshihiro, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama during a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vietnam
Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong (third from left) prepares to toast with, from left, Chairman of the General Council of the LDP and the Japan-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Nikai Toshihiro, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama during a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s national day at the New Otani Hotel, Tokyo on Sept. 1. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Slovak Ambassador Michal Kottman (left), his wife, Iveta Kottmanova (center) and Masahiro Yamamoto (right), Honorary Consul of Slovakia in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, share a toast during a reception to celebrate Slovakia
Slovak Ambassador Michal Kottman (left), his wife, Iveta Kottmanova (center) and Masahiro Yamamoto (right), Honorary Consul of Slovakia in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, share a toast during a reception to celebrate Slovakia’s Constitution Day at the Hotel New Otani, Tokyo on Sept. 3. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Shochu (distilled spirits) sommelier Christopher Pellegrini (left) and Shigeyuki Shinohara, chairman of the Japan Sake and Shochu Markers Association, raise their glasses to promote
Shochu (distilled spirits) sommelier Christopher Pellegrini (left) and Shigeyuki Shinohara, chairman of the Japan Sake and Shochu Markers Association, raise their glasses to promote ‘Honkaku Shochu and Awamori Day’ (Nov. 1) during an event ‘Honkaku Shochu & Awamori: Taste the Spirit of Japan’ at Togo Kinenkan in Tokyo on Sept. 3. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Reko Dida (center), the wife of the Albanian Ambassador, and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Albania Kyoko Spector (second from right) pose with students during a lesson on traditional Albanian cuisine at Hattori Nutrition College in Tokyo on Sept. 5.
Reko Dida (center), the wife of the Albanian Ambassador, and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Albania Kyoko Spector (second from right) pose with students during a lesson on traditional Albanian cuisine at Hattori Nutrition College in Tokyo on Sept. 5. | MAKI YAMAMOTO-ARAKAWA

Ryotaro Takagaki (9), speaks about Australia on his way to winning the seventh Children
Ryotaro Takagaki (9), speaks about Australia on his way to winning the seventh Children’s International Speech Contest at the Children’s International Festa 2015 at Ebisu Garden Place on Sept. 6. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Children make bracelets with Turkish beads at the Turkish embassy booth.
Children make bracelets with Turkish beads at the Turkish embassy booth. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Children taste olive oil at the Spanish embassy booth. Other supporting countries were Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Poland, Philippines and Thailand. The event was organized by SOMOS International School.
Children taste olive oil at the Spanish embassy booth. Other supporting countries were Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Poland, Philippines and Thailand. The event was organized by SOMOS International School. | YOSHIAKI MIURA