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Thai soccer players in the J. League (from left) Jakkit Wachpirom (FC Tokyo), Chanathip Songkrasin (Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo ), Teerasil Dangda (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Theerathon Bunmathan (Vissel Kobe), Chaowat Veerachart (Cerezo Osaka) and Yumiko Kinoshita (second from left), director of  the J. League's International Office, visit the Thai Embassy to present an autographed ball to Thai Ambasador Bansarn Bunnag  at the Thai ambassador's residence in Tokyo on Feb. 15. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Thai soccer players in the J. League (from left) Jakkit Wachpirom (FC Tokyo), Chanathip Songkrasin (Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo ), Teerasil Dangda (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Theerathon Bunmathan (Vissel Kobe), Chaowat Veerachart (Cerezo Osaka) and Yumiko Kinoshita (second from left), director of the J. League’s International Office, visit the Thai Embassy to present an autographed ball to Thai Ambasador Bansarn Bunnag at the Thai ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Feb. 15. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Irish Ambassador Anne Barrington poses for a photograph with (from left) Hakuei Kosato of La Ditta Japan, Miss World Japan Haruka Yamashita, Yoshiro Tsuchiya of the Ireland-Japan Chamber  of Commerce and Declan Somers, chairperson of Irish Network Japan after the launch of the Saint Patricks Day Festival in Japan 2018 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club      of  Japan on Feb. 16.      photo courtesy of The irish embassy |
Irish Ambassador Anne Barrington poses for a photograph with (from left) Hakuei Kosato of La Ditta Japan, Miss World Japan Haruka Yamashita, Yoshiro Tsuchiya of the Ireland-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Declan Somers, chairperson of Irish Network Japan after the launch of the Saint Patricks Day Festival in Japan 2018 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Feb. 16. photo courtesy of The irish embassy |


Italian Ambassador Giorgio Starace (third from right) joins Mitsui Chairman Masami Iijima (second from right) as he receives the Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic at the ambassador's residence on Feb. 20. Meanwhile, Sanden Honorable Chairman Masayoshi Ushikubo (second from left) and his wife, Setsuko (far left), received the Commander Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Akiko Kaneko (far right), a representative of Franciacorta Japan, received the Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and Tord Tukun (third from left), a minister-counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy, received      the Commander Order of the Star      of Italy. yoshiaki miura |
Italian Ambassador Giorgio Starace (third from right) joins Mitsui Chairman Masami Iijima (second from right) as he receives the Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic at the ambassador’s residence on Feb. 20. Meanwhile, Sanden Honorable Chairman Masayoshi Ushikubo (second from left) and his wife, Setsuko (far left), received the Commander Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Akiko Kaneko (far right), a representative of Franciacorta Japan, received the Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and Tord Tukun (third from left), a minister-counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy, received the Commander Order of the Star of Italy. yoshiaki miura |