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From left, Nicaragua Ambassador Saul Arana; Charge d
From left, Nicaragua Ambassador Saul Arana; Charge d’Affaires a.i. of Honduras Calros Mendoza; Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives Shinako Tsuchiya; El Salvador Ambassador Martha Zelayandia; Costa Rica Ambassador Laura Esquivel; and Charge d’Affaires a.i. of Guatemala Cristobal Dubon prepare to toast during a reception celebrating of 194th Anniversary of the Independence of Central America at Happo-en in Tokyo on Sept. 15. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

From left, Councillor on Cultural Properties, Agency for Cultural Affairs Takamasa Saito; Deputy Director of the Japan Kogei Association Kazumi Murose; and Managing Executive Officer, General Manager of Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Store Yoji Naka pose at the 62nd Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition opening ceremony and press preview in the seventh-floor gallery at the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, on Sept. 15. The Japanese traditional craft exhibition runs through Sept. 28.

From left, Councillor on Cultural Properties, Agency for Cultural Affairs Takamasa Saito; Deputy Director of the Japan Kogei Association Kazumi Murose; and Managing Executive Officer, General Manager of Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Store Yoji Naka pose at the 62nd Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition opening ceremony and press preview in the seventh-floor gallery at the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, on Sept. 15. The Japanese traditional craft exhibition runs through Sept. 28. | RINA HASEGAWA


Papua New Guinea Ambassador Gabriel Dusava (left), and his wife Anna prepare to raise their glasses with Chairman of the Japan-Papua New Guinea Parliamentarian

Papua New Guinea Ambassador Gabriel Dusava (left), and his wife Anna prepare to raise their glasses with Chairman of the Japan-Papua New Guinea Parliamentarian’s Friendship League (second from right) Kazunori Tanaka and Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Junichi Ihara, , during a reception to celebrate of the 40th Anniversary of Papua new Guinea’s Independence at the Hotel New Otani, Tokyo on Sept. 16. | YOSHIAKI MIURA