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Japan’s ambassador says farewell to TT

Former Japan Ambassador to TT Mitsuhiko Okada.
Former Japan Ambassador to TT Mitsuhiko Okada.

Japan’s ambassador to TT Mitsuhiko Okada, having completed his four-year tour of duty here, has said farewell.

“Serving as the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, a beautiful twin-island nation, has been my great honour,” Okada said.

“Concurrently, I had the pleasure of serving as the Japanese ambassador to another eight equally beautiful countries, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and the Republic of Suriname.”

Okada expressed his gratitude to the people and Governments of the Caribbean countries for what he described as the warm support and friendship extended to him during his tenure.

“I also had the privilege of experiencing diverse cultures and beautiful nature of the Caribbean, which will remain as fond memories in my life.

“Supported by many people on both sides, the friendly ties between Japan and Caribbean

countries are now stronger than ever, and I am sure it will become even deeper.

“Thank you very much.”

At last month’s celebration of the 85th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito of Japan and National Day, Okada also took that opportunity to express his appreciation.

“Both Mari and I are grateful for the opportunity we have had to enjoy the warmth and energy of TT’s people and culture. We will surely miss sweet TT.”

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