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Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric (center) and his wife, Kumiko, welcome Keitaro Ono, parliamentary vice-minister of defense, during a reception to celebrate Turkey's national day at the ambassador's residence in Tokyo on Oct. 26. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric (center) and his wife, Kumiko, welcome Keitaro Ono, parliamentary vice-minister of defense, during a reception to celebrate Turkey’s national day at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Oct. 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Egyptian Ambassador Ayman Kamel (center) poses with EgyptAir staff at Narita Airport on Oct. 30 during a ceremony to mark the resumption of flights between Cairo and Tokyo. |   COURTESY OF EGYPTIAN EMBASSY
Egyptian Ambassador Ayman Kamel (center) poses with EgyptAir staff at Narita Airport on Oct. 30 during a ceremony to mark the resumption of flights between Cairo and Tokyo. | COURTESY OF EGYPTIAN EMBASSY