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From left, Nicararagua's Ambassador, Saul Arana Castellon; Cuba's Ambassador Carlos M. Pereira; Venezuela's Ambassador Seiko Ishikawa; Ecuador's Ambassador Leonardo Carrion; and Bolivia's Charge d'Affaires a.i. Angela Ayllon join hands during a reception to celebrate of the 12th anniversary of the foundation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America at the Latin American Salon, in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Dec. 22. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
From left, Nicararagua’s Ambassador, Saul Arana Castellon; Cuba’s Ambassador Carlos M. Pereira; Venezuela’s Ambassador Seiko Ishikawa; Ecuador’s Ambassador Leonardo Carrion; and Bolivia’s Charge d’Affaires a.i. Angela Ayllon join hands during a reception to celebrate of the 12th anniversary of the foundation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America at the Latin American Salon, in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Dec. 22. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


From left: Venina Mataitoga; Fiji's Honorary Consul in Beppu, Oita Pref. Mami Kawamura; Fiji's Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga; Hiroko Eto; embassy Second Secretary Kelera Savu; and Upper House member Seiichi Eto, a special adviser to the prime minister and vice chairman of the Japan-Fiji Parliamentary Friendship League, pose during the Fiji Rum Night and End Year Party 2016 at the Nippon Foundation Building in Tokyo on Dec. 2. | FIJI EMBASSY
From left: Venina Mataitoga; Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Beppu, Oita Pref. Mami Kawamura; Fiji’s Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga; Hiroko Eto; embassy Second Secretary Kelera Savu; and Upper House member Seiichi Eto, a special adviser to the prime minister and vice chairman of the Japan-Fiji Parliamentary Friendship League, pose during the Fiji Rum Night and End Year Party 2016 at the Nippon Foundation Building in Tokyo on Dec. 2. | FIJI EMBASSY


From left: KDDI Corp. Marketing Communication General Manager Takaaki Yamada, actor Shota Matsuda and HAKUTO project team leader Takeshi Hakamada pose with a moon rover at a press event for
From left: KDDI Corp. Marketing Communication General Manager Takaaki Yamada, actor Shota Matsuda and HAKUTO project team leader Takeshi Hakamada pose with a moon rover at a press event for ‘au x HAKUTO Original Planetarium MOON’ at the Konica Minolta Planetarium ‘Tenku’ at Tokyo Skytree Town on Dec. 15. ‘MOON’ aims to promote HAKUTO’s work on the rover as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. | KAZUHIRO KOBAYASHI