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Japan celebrates 50 years of diplomatic ties with Botswana

As Botswana celebrate 50th anniversary of independence, the country also celebrate 50 years of the diplomatic tie with Japan. Japan established its diplomatic relations with Botswana on the 30th 1966, the day Botswana achieved its independence thus the embassy of Japan in Botswana found it more appropriate to host a reception on Wednesday this week to celebrate the diplomatic tie between the two countries.

Since the country will be hosting a lot of myriad of events, it was decided that the ceremony be held a little earlier than the Memorial Day. Botswana and Japan share the same fundamental values, namely, democracy, rule of law and respect of human rights. It is for this reason that the two countries have been cooperating in the international arena to advocate these principles.

“For us, Botswana is a true friend that one can trust wholeheartedly”, said Masahiro Onishi, Ambassador of Japan to Botswana.

He said Japan has assisted Botswana in the construction of infrastructure through grants and yen loans over the years. Currently Botswana has achieved the status of an upper middle income country such that, in general their grants and yen loans are no longer applicable to this country. Currently, they are cooperating with Botswana through technical cooperation and grant assistance for Grass Roots Projects.

Onishi took the opportunity to introduce some of the ongoing economic cooperation projects that have been implemented under the scheme of technical cooperation such as the digital migration project, Project for enhancing National forest monitoring system, Jatropha research project and the one stop border post project. All of them are quite significant to the further development of Botswana.

He said in order to achieve the further enhancement of bilateral relations, it is essential to not only have political and economic dealings but also cultural and interpersonal interactions. The two countries also cooperate in the area of culture and personal exchange.

Every year the Embassy hosts a Japan film Festival and a Japan Food Festival as cultural events, both of which are held in high repute. In May this year Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe visited Botswana at the invitation of President Khama and performed with his band to celebrate Botswana’s golden jubilee. Following the 50th anniversary celebrations, the embassy has additional events such as the Japanese Drum concerts and the Japanese Art Exhibition that was held last month.

Recently, the English guide book “Lonely Planet” ranked Botswana and Japan no. 1 and 2 respectively as destinations to travel to in 2016. Both countries have rich natural resources for tourism. About 10, 000 Japanese people visited Botswana in 2014.

“As the ambassador of Japan to Botswana, I will commit to strive for further development of the relations between our two countries”, said Masahiro Onishi.

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