(23-03-2017): Following the National Day Celebration and flag hoisting ceremony in the morning at the Embassy,a grand reception was held at a local hotel on 23 March 2017. The reception was attended by prominent Parliamentarians including Seishiro Eto , President of the Japan-Pakistan Parliamentarians’ Friendship League (JPPFL) Head of Komeito coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Motome Takisawa, sports icon and member of Upper House Antonio Inoki, over seventy Heads of Missions, representatives of Japanese Government, notable members of Civil Society, think-tanks, international organizations, the Media and business entities. The reception commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran followed by the National Anthems of Pakistan and Japan sung by Japanese music composer and singer Ms. Masako Shindo.
The Ambassador underlined the importance of Pakistan-Japan relations and stated that both countries had historical friendship based on mutual trust and dignity. Heparticularly referred to Pakistan’s first Foreign Minister’s statement at San Francisco Peace Conference (1951) wherein he urged that Japan should be treated with respect and dignity. Whilst stressing on enduring commitment to democracy he highlighted growing democratic culture and institutions in Pakistan, Pakistan's contributions to the world peace through UN Peacekeeping Operations and Prime Minister’s commitment to build bridges of peace, corridors of energy flow and secure regional stability through trade and enterprise through his vision of ‘Peaceful Neighbourhood’ as witnessed in the ECO Summit on 1 March 2017.
Chief Guest of the Event Honourable Seishiro Eto, President JPPF Lappreciated the strengthening ties between Japan and Pakistan.Whilst appreciating growing political and economic stability in Pakistan he expressed the hope that relations between the two countries would further grow and would contribute to peace, prosperity and development of Pakistan and the region.
Honorable, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs was Guest of Honour. In his remarks he particularly underlined present economic growth and development in Pakistan and underlined the business activities of Japanese companies. He vowed to make efforts to further deepen the economic ties between the two countries.
The guests enjoyed sumptuous foods rich and diverse as land represents and appreciated Carpet Exhibition, display of photographs showing Imperial Visits and High level engagements between the two countries and Pakistan Corner established during the Event.
TOKYO, PR # 27/2017