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Kumiko Meric (second from right), the wife of Turkey's ambassador to Japan, and Japan-Turkish Womens Club members pose with people in traditional Turkish folk costumes at a celebration of Turkish culture, organized by the Japan-Turkish Womens Club, at Yunus Emre Institute in Tokyo on Nov. 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Kumiko Meric (second from right), the wife of Turkey’s ambassador to Japan, and Japan-Turkish Womens Club members pose with people in traditional Turkish folk costumes at a celebration of Turkish culture, organized by the Japan-Turkish Womens Club, at Yunus Emre Institute in Tokyo on Nov. 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


State Minister Maitha Al Shamsi (front row, fourth from right) of the United Arab Emirates shakes hands with Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum CEO Tsuyoshi Nakai in front of UAE Ambassador Khaled Alameri at a dinner party at the ambassador's residence in Tokyo on Nov. 21. They were joined by female UAE exchange students, Japanese oil company staff and UAE diplomats. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
State Minister Maitha Al Shamsi (front row, fourth from right) of the United Arab Emirates shakes hands with Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum CEO Tsuyoshi Nakai in front of UAE Ambassador Khaled Alameri at a dinner party at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Nov. 21. They were joined by female UAE exchange students, Japanese oil company staff and UAE diplomats. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Oman's Ambassador Khalid Al-Muslahi (right) and his wife Abeer A. Aisha (second from left) welcome Hisanaga Shimazu (left) and his wife Takako (the fifth and youngest daughter of Emperor Showa) during a reception to celebrate Oman's 46th national day at the Palace Hotel, Tokyo on Nov. 24. |  OMAN EMBASSY
Oman’s Ambassador Khalid Al-Muslahi (right) and his wife Abeer A. Aisha (second from left) welcome Hisanaga Shimazu (left) and his wife Takako (the fifth and youngest daughter of Emperor Showa) during a reception to celebrate Oman’s 46th national day at the Palace Hotel, Tokyo on Nov. 24. | OMAN EMBASSY


Algeria's Ambassador Mohamed El Amine Bencherif (left) holds an autographed jersey given to him by Japan National Soccer Team manager Vahid Halilhodzic (right) during a reception celebrating Algeria's 62nd national day at the embassy in Tokyo on Nov. 25. They were joined by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi (second from left) and the ambassador's wife Amira. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Algeria’s Ambassador Mohamed El Amine Bencherif (left) holds an autographed jersey given to him by Japan National Soccer Team manager Vahid Halilhodzic (right) during a reception celebrating Algeria’s 62nd national day at the embassy in Tokyo on Nov. 25. They were joined by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi (second from left) and the ambassador’s wife Amira. | YOSHIAKI MIURA