Mr. Hamdard Attends the 21st Japanese Speech Contest for Foreign Diplomats in Japan

Mr. Hamdard 21st Speech Contest

April 21, 2018: It was a pleasure for Mr. Basir Ahmad Hamdard, First Secretary and Political Affairs for the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Japan to attend and compete in the “21st Japanese Speech Contest for Foreign Diplomats in Japan” hosted by The Japan Foundation, Minato City Hall, and the Minato Sports, Community, Culture, and Health Foundation. Mr. Hamdard was first among the twenty one to give a speech. Last year, for the 20th Japanese Speech Contest, Mr. Hamdard gave his speech on “Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan” for which he was awarded the Award of Excellence from the Judges. This year Mr. Hamdard speech topic was on “Similarities between Afghan and Japanese Culture”.

21st Speech Contest

This contest, the twentieth of its kind, was designed to provide foreign diplomats with an opportunity to present their ideas in Japanese and promote exchanges with local people, according to organizers. During the three-hour presentation, before an audience of about 300, the participants delivered speeches in Japanese about topics relevant to their home countries, many offering insights into Japanese culture through diplomats’ eyes. This year His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat had the pleasure of being on the panel of judges for the speech contest.

Following the Awards Presentation, Mr. Hamdard spoke with the various hosts of the event and thanked them not only for their invitation to compete but also for supporting an event like this where a bridging of cultures and relations can be fostered. Mr. Hamdard also spoke with several of the diplomats and Japanese citizens attending the event and graciously welcomed them to come to the embassy to learn more about Afghan culture and how it relates to Japanese culture.