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Attendees and exhibitors, including British Ambassador Paul Madden, CMG, and his wife Sarah, pose in front of the Britain and Northern Ireland booth at the Foodex Japan 2017 opening ceremony at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture on March 7. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Attendees and exhibitors, including British Ambassador Paul Madden, CMG, and his wife Sarah, pose in front of the Britain and Northern Ireland booth at the Foodex Japan 2017 opening ceremony at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture on March 7. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

(from left) Galina Meilunas, wife of the Lithuanian ambassador to Japan; Lithuania's acting Director of State Food and Veterinary Service Deividas Kliucinskas; Lithuania's Vice Minister of Agriculture Rolandas Taraskevicius; and others pose after the Foodex Japan 2017 ribbon-cutting ceremony. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
(from left) Galina Meilunas, wife of the Lithuanian ambassador to Japan; Lithuania’s acting Director of State Food and Veterinary Service Deividas Kliucinskas; Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Agriculture Rolandas Taraskevicius; and others pose after the Foodex Japan 2017 ribbon-cutting ceremony. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


From left: Turkish Embassy chef Ahmet Yenidogdu; Ibrahim Onen, a visiting chef from Turkey; Japan-Turkey Society President Hiroshi Sawada; Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric and his wife Kumiko; and Al che-cciano restaurant owner-chef Masayuki Okuda present dishes at
From left: Turkish Embassy chef Ahmet Yenidogdu; Ibrahim Onen, a visiting chef from Turkey; Japan-Turkey Society President Hiroshi Sawada; Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric and his wife Kumiko; and Al che-cciano restaurant owner-chef Masayuki Okuda present dishes at ‘Aegean Night,’ a Turkish food tasting event at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on March 8. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Solange P. Weya, wife of the Cote d'Ivoire ambassador (center), Ikebana International members and sixth-grade students show off their projects at an Ikebana Workshop, the fifth such workshop since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, at IItoyo Elementary School in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 2. | IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL
Solange P. Weya, wife of the Cote d’Ivoire ambassador (center), Ikebana International members and sixth-grade students show off their projects at an Ikebana Workshop, the fifth such workshop since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, at IItoyo Elementary School in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 2. | IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL