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Japan first lady Akie Abe (front row, center), poses for a group photo with Maali Siam (front row, left), wife of the Palestinian ambassador, and Jamila Al-Gunaid (front row, right), wife of the Yemeni ambassador, at a luncheon at the Yemeni ambassador's residence on Jan. 30 hosted by The Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ). Other members include representatives from Tunisia, Algeria, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Sudan and  Egypt. |   MIKI OSHITA
Japan first lady Akie Abe (front row, center), poses for a group photo with Maali Siam (front row, left), wife of the Palestinian ambassador, and Jamila Al-Gunaid (front row, right), wife of the Yemeni ambassador, at a luncheon at the Yemeni ambassador’s residence on Jan. 30 hosted by The Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ). Other members include representatives from Tunisia, Algeria, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Sudan and Egypt. | MIKI OSHITA


Indonesian Ambassador Arifin Tasrif (second from left), and his wife, Ratna Mirah, welcome Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii (left) and Yasuo Fukuda, former prime minister and president of the Japan-Indonesia Association, during a reception at the ambassador's residence on Jan. 24 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Indonesian Ambassador Arifin Tasrif (second from left), and his wife, Ratna Mirah, welcome Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii (left) and Yasuo Fukuda, former prime minister and president of the Japan-Indonesia Association, during a reception at the ambassador’s residence on Jan. 24 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Silk Way Group President Zaur S. Akhundov (center) joins Azerbaijan Ambassador Gursel Ismayilzada (left) and Katsutoshi Tanaka, director general of Japan of Silk Way West airlines, during a reception at the American Club in Tokyo on Jan. 26 to celebrate the signing of a flight agreement between Azerbaijan and Japan. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Silk Way Group President Zaur S. Akhundov (center) joins Azerbaijan Ambassador Gursel Ismayilzada (left) and Katsutoshi Tanaka, director general of Japan of Silk Way West airlines, during a reception at the American Club in Tokyo on Jan. 26 to celebrate the signing of a flight agreement between Azerbaijan and Japan. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Indian Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy (second from left) poses with Foreign Minister Taro Kono (center) and Hiroyuki Hosoda, chairman of the Japan-India Parliamentary Friendship League, at a reception at Hotel Okura Tokyo on Jan. 25 to mark the Republic Day of India. |   COURTESY OF THE INDIAN EMBASSY
Indian Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy (second from left) poses with Foreign Minister Taro Kono (center) and Hiroyuki Hosoda, chairman of the Japan-India Parliamentary Friendship League, at a reception at Hotel Okura Tokyo on Jan. 25 to mark the Republic Day of India. | COURTESY OF THE INDIAN EMBASSY