Japanese embassy marks 60th birthday of Emperor Naruhito

By ZBC Reporter
THE Embassy of Japan in Zimbabwe has marked the 60th-anniversary celebrations of its Emperor Naruhito at a colourful event held in Harare this Friday, with the two nations underscoring the need to strengthen their bilateral relations.
The celebrations are the first event of its kind marking a new Era of Harmony called Reiwa, after the new emperor took over the chrysanthemum throne following the abdication of his father Emperor Akihito. Emperor Naruhito is the 126th Monarch, according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.
Speaking at the celebrations Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Toshiyuki Iwado lauded the 40 years of bilateral relations between Japan and Zimbabwe which have seen the Asian country availing medical equipment to the Harare children’s hospital, support to the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority
(ARDA) farming projects as well establishment of the Zimbabwe-Japan Friendship Association.
The celebrations are the first event of its kind marking a new Era of Harmony called Reiwa, after the new emperor took over the chrysanthemum throne following the abdication of his father Emperor Akihito. Emperor Naruhito is the 126th Monarch, according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.
Speaking at the same occasion Chief Director of Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador, Lovemore Mazemo underscored the need to strengthen the friendship between Zimbabwe and Japan.
Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world making the nation a key ally to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe and Japan have formed the Zimbabwe Japan Friendship Association which will be the main steering engine for business, cultural, sports platform for interaction, skills share and trade for the two nations.
This year sees the two nations celebrating 40 years of bilateral relations