Japanese Ambassador Eiji Yamamoto delivering his speech at the Emperor’s birthday reception. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam hosted a reception yesterday to commemorate the 60th birthday of Emperor Naruhito, marking its first national celebration since the start of the Reiwa Era.

The event that was held at The Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong was attended by Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong and spouse.

In his welcoming speech, Japanese Ambassador Eiji Yamamoto extended his heartfelt appreciation towards His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam for attending the new emperor’s enthronement ceremony last October.

(L-R): Japanese Ambassador Eiji Yamamoto, Home Affairs Minister YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong, Datin Paduka Hajah Jahrah Haji Mohammad and Yoshiko Yamamoto in a group photo. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“Brunei’s presence was elevated and highlighted as His Majesty was protocol number one guest in the ceremony. This opened the door to enhance relations in the new era and our royal families’ ties are now even more steadfast,” said the ambassador.

He further said that prospects for the future of both countries’ relationships are now filled with positive dynamism.

The sultanate has contributed to Japan’s energy security for decades with shipments of liquefied natural gas to the country, he added.

“This relationship is advancing. We have just launched the Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Project in Brunei, producing and transporting hydrogen to Japan in November last year,” he said.

Ambassador Yamamoto also noted great potential for the expansion of mutual trade in agricultural products between both countries.

Japanese Ambassador Eiji Yamamoto delivering his speech at the Emperor’s birthday reception. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“When His Majesty the Sultan met Prime Minister Abe in Japan, he kindly announced the lifting of the restrictions on the import of Japanese products from Fukushima prefecture,” he said.

Furthermore, the ambassador hoped for positive tourist arrivals to Japan this year during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games that are set to take place in July.

People to people exchange through Sports, Culture and Education, he added, is a strong base for the countries’ friendships.

Invited guests to the reception were treated to a Japanese dance performed by students of BJFA – UBD Chapter and an array of Japanese authentic cuisines while mingling with one another.

Students of BJFA – UBD Chapter performing a dance during the reception. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
Invited guests seen taking some Japanese food at the reception. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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