I have arrived in Dar es Salaam and assumed office as the Ambassador since 16th October. Before the landing of my flight from Japan, I was astonished to see the beautiful islands of Zanzibar in the cobalt blue colored Indian Ocean through the window. That was the moment I realized that I will be working at a country with stunning nature including well known Mt Kilimanjaro as the highest peak in Africa and Serengeti National Park as the paradise of wild life, reassuring myself of the serious duties.
Tanzania is a united republic of Tanganyika, which locates on the African Continent, and Zanzibar, the islands. I have heard that Tanzania is a country of wisdom, adopting Swahili as her National Language to maintain the political stability and embrace the diversity of religion, ethnicity and history. Moreover, in terms of economy, Tanzania has been continuously accomplishing around 7 percent annual growth rate of GDP with the 57million population and affluent natural resources. And I also understand that the country is a good friend of Japan, based upon of the long history of economic cooperation after her independence. I am determined further to develop this good relationship built by the efforts of the forerunners of both countries.
As for economic and technical assistance, Year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. With the expertise and experiences Japan has gained through her modernization by opening up the country at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate and her recovery and growth after the WW2, Japan has been able to contribute to Tanzania in various areas. JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) is full of activity in Africa, the economic weight of which is globally increasing. Bearing in mind that the 7th Summit Meeting of TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) is scheduled in August 2019, I would like to put effort in supporting the implementation of various projects undertaken by JICA and the Embassy in Tanzania, and the overseas business expansion of Japanese companies which is one of the main focused pillars of “Abenomics”.
Through cultural exchange, the mutual understanding of the people from both countries forms the invaluable base for amicable relationship. I would like to introduce and promote Japanese culture of harmony by introducing “Washoku” (Japanese cuisine) and “Sake” (Japanese rice wine) as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in Tanzania, as well as Tanzanian culture such as “Tinga Tinga” art which is now growing popularity in Japan.