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Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan Frank C.T. Hsieh (left) and Wang Shu-Fang, director of the Taiwan Cultural Center, during an opening reception of the photo exhibition "Mekurumeku Taiwan" at the Taiwan Cultural Center in Toranomon on Dec. 18. This exhibition will run until Feb. 18, 2020. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan Frank C.T. Hsieh (left) and Wang Shu-Fang, director of the Taiwan Cultural Center, during an opening reception of the photo exhibition “Mekurumeku Taiwan” at the Taiwan Cultural Center in Toranomon on Dec. 18. This exhibition will run until Feb. 18, 2020. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Ambassador of Algeria Mohamed El Amine Bencherif (second from right) and his wife, Amira (center) raise a toast with, from left, Ambassador of Eritrea and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps Estifanos Afeworki Haile; State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kenji Wakamiya; and Masayuki Sato, representative director, chairman and chief executive officer of JGC Holdings Corporation and chairman of the Japan-Algeria Economic Committee of Keidanren, during a reception to celebrate Algeria's national day at the ambassador's residence in Tokyo on Dec. 20. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Ambassador of Algeria Mohamed El Amine Bencherif (second from right) and his wife, Amira (center) raise a toast with, from left, Ambassador of Eritrea and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps Estifanos Afeworki Haile; State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kenji Wakamiya; and Masayuki Sato, representative director, chairman and chief executive officer of JGC Holdings Corporation and chairman of the Japan-Algeria Economic Committee of Keidanren, during a reception to celebrate Algeria’s national day at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Dec. 20. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Ambassador of Israel Yaffa Ben-Ari (center) poses with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinichi Nakatani (left) and Culture and Science Affairs Attache of the Embassy of Israel Arieh Rosen during a Hanukkah candle lighting reception at the ambassador's residence on Dec. 25. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Ambassador of Israel Yaffa Ben-Ari (center) poses with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinichi Nakatani (left) and Culture and Science Affairs Attache of the Embassy of Israel Arieh Rosen during a Hanukkah candle lighting reception at the ambassador’s residence on Dec. 25. | YOSHIAKI MIURA