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EU Ambassador Viorel Isticioaia-Budura (right) greets Nobuteru Ishihara, minister in charge of economic revitalization and chairman of the EU-Japan Parliamentary League of Friendship, during a reception to mark Europe Day in Tokyo on May 9. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
EU Ambassador Viorel Isticioaia-Budura (right) greets Nobuteru Ishihara, minister in charge of economic revitalization and chairman of the EU-Japan Parliamentary League of Friendship, during a reception to mark Europe Day in Tokyo on May 9. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius (center right) shakes hands with Hirofumi Nakasone, chairman of the Japan-Lithuania Parliamentary Friendship League, after receiving the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star during a reception at the embassy on May 10. Others pictured are (from left) Nakasone's wife, Mariko, Lithuanian Ambassador Egidijus Meilunas and his wife, Galina. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius (center right) shakes hands with Hirofumi Nakasone, chairman of the Japan-Lithuania Parliamentary Friendship League, after receiving the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star during a reception at the embassy on May 10. Others pictured are (from left) Nakasone’s wife, Mariko, Lithuanian Ambassador Egidijus Meilunas and his wife, Galina. | YOSHIAKI MIURA