Mr. Hamdard, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Attends the 2018 Presentation Ceremony for the Japan Foundation Awards.


2016

October 16, 2018: It was an honor for Mr. Basir Ahmad Hamdard, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. for the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Japan, to attend the reception to celebrate the 2018 Presentation Ceremony for The Japan Foundation Awards hosted by Hon. Mr. Hiroyasu Ando, President of The Japan Foundation, at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo.


2017

The event honored three recipients who have significantly contributed to the promotion of international mutual understanding and friendship through their various endeavors over the years. This year’s recipients were Ms. Yoko Tawada, a poet and writer from Japan; Mr. Toshio Hosokawa, composer and guest professor at Tokyo College of Music; and the Spanish-Japanese Cultural Center of the University of Salamanca in Spain.


2018

Mr. Hamdard took the opportunity to extend his warmest thanks for hosting the successful event. Further, he expressed his sincerest thanks, on behalf of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, for the continuous benevolent support of the people and Government of the noble nation of Japan over the years and for the generous programs sponsored by The Japan Foundation, such as the Japanese-Language Programs for Foreign-Service Officers & Public Officials, of which Mr. Hamdard himself was chosen as a participant from 2008-2009. In return, Hon. Mr. Ando thanked Mr. Hamdard for his kind words, attendance at the event, and assured him that the Japan Foundation would continue to have enrichment programs that will help Afghanistan continue its progress.


2019

Additionally Mr. Hamdard took the time to personally greet and expressed his congratulations to Ms. Tawada, Mr. Hosokawa, and representatives from the Spanish-Japanese Cultural Center of the University of Salamanca – the three award recipients, for their outstanding achievements. While at the event, he also had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Mr. Eduardo M.R. Meñez, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the Philippines in Tokyo; Dr. David Meller, Counsellor and Head of Culture for the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Hon. Mr. Yuji Kawano, Chancellor and President of Elisabeth University of Music; as well as several of Their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Heads of Missions, and diplomats with missions in Japan, and other dignified guests all present in honor of the occasion.