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Algerian Ambassador Mohamed El Amine Bencherif (center) leads a toast with (from left) Mitsunari Okamoto, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs; Sanae Yamaguchi; Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi; and the ambassador's wife, Amira, during a reception to celebrate the country's national day at the embassy in Tokyo on Nov. 10. |   YOSHIAKI MIURA
Algerian Ambassador Mohamed El Amine Bencherif (center) leads a toast with (from left) Mitsunari Okamoto, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs; Sanae Yamaguchi; Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi; and the ambassador’s wife, Amira, during a reception to celebrate the country’s national day at the embassy in Tokyo on Nov. 10. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Angolan Ambassador Joao Miguel Vahekeni (center) cuts a cake  with (from left) Eritorian Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki; Takeshi Osuga, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's African Affairs Department; Iwao Horii, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs; and Yoshifumi Okamura, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at the United Nations, during a reception to celebrate the anniversary of Angola's independence at Hotel New Otani on Nov. 10. |   HIROKO INOUE
Angolan Ambassador Joao Miguel Vahekeni (center) cuts a cake with (from left) Eritorian Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki; Takeshi Osuga, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s African Affairs Department; Iwao Horii, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs; and Yoshifumi Okamura, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at the United Nations, during a reception to celebrate the anniversary of Angola’s independence at Hotel New Otani on Nov. 10. | HIROKO INOUE


Turkmenistan Ambassador Gurbanmammet Elyasov (left) welcomes Manabu Horii, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs, during a reception to celebrate the country's independence day at Palace Hotel Tokyo on Nov. 10. |   EDLEEN OTHMAN
Turkmenistan Ambassador Gurbanmammet Elyasov (left) welcomes Manabu Horii, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs, during a reception to celebrate the country’s independence day at Palace Hotel Tokyo on Nov. 10. | EDLEEN OTHMAN


Alitalia Regional General Manager for Asia-Pacific Massimo Allegri (right) joins Italian Ambassador Giorgio Starace (center) and Lower House lawmaker Shintaro Ito during a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the airline's first national flight at the Italian ambassador's residence in Tokyo on Tuesday. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Alitalia Regional General Manager for Asia-Pacific Massimo Allegri (right) joins Italian Ambassador Giorgio Starace (center) and Lower House lawmaker Shintaro Ito during a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the airline’s first national flight at the Italian ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Tuesday. | YOSHIAKI MIURA