Japanese ambassador’s contributions hailed

Lyna Mohamad

The Diplomatic Corps in the country yesterday hosted a farewell lunch in honour of the outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato.

Held at the Spaghettini Restaurant of The Empire Hotel & Country Club, the event began with the welcoming remarks by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel bin Rashed bin Hashel Al-Maskari.

The dean expressed farewell wishes on behalf of the diplomatic community and congratulated the departing envoy for his successful tenure.

“We would like to congratulate you on the advancements in Brunei-Japan relations over the past two years. We happily observed that Brunei and Japan’s bilateral ties have significantly grown including in exchange visits from high-level delegations from both governments and also cooperation in areas of education, economy, culture and defence.”

The dean elaborated on the advancement attained during the outgoing ambassador’s tenure saying this year witnessed three notable cultural events – the Japanese film festival, the Japanese Language and Culture Week and the Japanese Speech Contest.

Outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato in a group photo with members of the Diplomatic Corps
ABOVE & BELOW: Ambassador Sheikh Ahmed and Ambassador Kato deliver their speeches. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

The arrival of the ship ‘Nippon Maru’ in Brunei last year was another achievement, said the dean. Ambassador Sheikh Ahmed also observed that many Japanese companies are thriving in Brunei.

Another achievement was the launch of a project to produce liquefied hydrogen.

“I would also like to express on behalf of my colleagues in the Diplomatic Corps our appreciation to Ambassador Kato for donating monetary gifts presented to you on this occasion to the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei,” the dean said.

The outgoing ambassador in a farewell speech extended his appreciation to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, members of the royal family, the Government of Brunei Darussalam and the Diplomatic Corps.

The outgoing ambassador presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty on August 10, 2017.