Emperor Akihito’s birthday celebration marvellous

Salahuddin Haider


It was marvelous. It was fascinating, tremendous in fact. The Japanese consul general in Karachi, not only celebrated the birthday on Tuesday in style, displaying enormous hospitality and in style but won the hearts of the guests by choosing to deliver his speech in Urdu and that too written in his own hand-writing. Yes that is true, the head of the Japanese diplomatic mission Toshikazu Isomura is almost half Pakistani, having served in this country for 20 years, in Islamabad and Karachi.
His Majesty the Emperor Akihito, will be 83 years old on December 23 this year. The event took place with the presence of the chief guest Mr. Ikramullah Khan Dharejo, Sindh Provincial Minister for Cooperation, and was attended by parliamentarians, government officials, diplomats, business executives, and other prominent figures from both Sindh and Balochistan. During the ceremony, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Quetta, Mr. Nadeem Shah who were recently honoured with the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon”, and Pakistani Architect, Ms. Yasmeen Lari, awarded with Fukuoka Asia Culture Award, delivered short speeches about their achievements and expressed their gratitude to the Government of Japan.
In his speech, Consul-General Mr. Toshikazu Isomura, conveyed his best wishes for the Emperor. He made a mention of Japan’s assistances for development project in Pakistan. He expressed heartfelt commitment of his country to promoting economic relations, and vibrating cultural and people-to-people exchange between Japan and Pakistan.
On this occasion, Consulate-General of Japan and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) co-organized “Japan Business Exhibition 2016”. There, 18 Japanese-related companies, opened their booths to display their products and services such as a variety of Japanese automobiles and advanced technology products and etc. In addition, Japanese culture booth where staff in Anime and Manga costumes worked exhibited Japanese tradition with Japanese dolls and toys and played several attractive short movies to introduce Japan’s nature, culture and society. The five Ikebana groups showcased beautiful flower arrangements and the Pakistan Bonsai Society exhibited bonsai (Japanese art of growing a miniature tree in a container) around the venue, which offered a contrasting touch in the event. The guests showed keen interests in the displays and appreciated their elegance and sophistication.
The chief guest, Mr, Ikramullah Khan Dharejo, Sindh Provincial Minister for Cooperation, congratulated His Majesty the Emperor Akihito on His Majesty’s birthday and expressed sincere wishes for His Majesty’s good health and prosperity. Mr, Ikramullah Khan Dharejo also reiterated about the cordial and friendly relations between Pakistan and Japan, and extended his deep appreciation concerning Japan’s aid assistances to Pakistan in various sectors and expressed his expectation to cooperate together to develop Pakistan, especially including Sindh.

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