Pakistan, Japan enjoy deep, cordial relations spanning over last seven decades: Envoy

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Reception to mark Emperor Naruhito’s 62nd birthday anniversary

Zubair Qureshi

Japan is keen to strengthen bilateral ties with Pakistan in all areas and the two countries value these relations which are based on mutual respect and regard.

Ambassador of Japan Wada Mitsuhiro expressed these views at a reception he hosted to celebrate the 62nd Birthday Anniversary of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito.

Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Syed Fakhar Imam was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Farrukh Habib, Leader of the House in Senate Dr Wasim Shehzad, Aviation Minister Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar, parliamentarians,

government officials, members of the diplomatic community and other dignitaries from the public and private sector attended the reception.

The ambassador said since Emperor Naruhito’s accession to the throne on 1st May 2019 as the 126th Emperor of Japan, the emperor stood as the symbol of Japan and the unity of the people. His Majesty and the Imperial Family also facilitated the good relations with foreign countries including Pakistan, said the ambassador. Ambassador Wada highlighted the year 2022 marked 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Japan and Pakistan is among the top markets of the Japan’s automobile industry.

The embassy underscores sincere efforts from both sides in order to further strengthen this friendship, he said.

The ambassador said in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the embassy could not host the reception last year which was usually an annual feature to mark the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor.Syed Fakhar Imam while congratulating the Japanese ambassador on the auspicious day, said Pakistan needed to learn from Japan’s amazing progress it made after the World War II.

Though the country was on the losing side, yet its people and the government had the will and commitment to rise from the ashes and be a role model for the rest of the world.

In automobile, Information Technology, science and industrial development, Japan is a world leader, he said and the Pakistan experts can cooperate with their Japanese counterparts in these particular sectors. At the end Ambassador Wada together with the guests cut a cake to mark the His Majesty the Emperor’s Birthday.

 

 

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