April 10, 2012: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie and the staff of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo hosted a lunch reception to honor the exemplary service of Madame Sadako Ogata (pictured below, top photo). Madame Ogata is retired as President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and was well known and highly regarded around the world as a champion of development, empowerment, and peace in a comprehensive number of nations.
The event brought together more than 100 distinguished supporters and well-wishers from such areas as the Japanese Government, the diplomatic community in Japan, NGOs, and private sector leaders. Expressing their unique views and forms of respect for Madame Ogata, speakers included Ambassador Fatimie, H.E. Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Kazuyuki Hamada (pictured below, middle photo), and Madame Ogata’s successor, Mr. Akihiko Tanaka (pictured below, bottom photo). To read the Ambassador’s speech, click here. Madame Ogata also spoke to the assembled, sharing reflections of her career in JICA, the encouraging progress she witnessed in Afghanistan, and motivating others to work towards the shared dream of world peace and prosperity. Following the speeches, Ambassador Fatime presented Madame Ogata with a certificate of appreciation and a lapis vase; representing the Afghan community in Japan, Mr. Haji Hussein, Ms. Eto, and Ms. Sultani presented flowers; and Mr. Kohi Amin presented a gift of Afghan artistry.
Among the many key guests attending Madame Ogata’s honorary reception were Hon, former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (pictured below, top photo), Hon. Mr. Naoto Sakaguchi, Hon. Ms. Mieko Nakabayashi, Hon. Mr. Haranobu Yonenaga, Hon. Ms. Hiroko Oizumi, Hon. Mr. Hirotaka Matsuoka, Hon. Mr. Hiroyuki Moriyama, and Hon. Mr. Hiroshi Hamamoto.