As Japan starts its new era named “Reiwa” (beautiful harmony) with the Enthronement of new Emperor, His Majesty Naruhito on 1st May 2019, Ambassador Designate of Japan, Norio Maruyama shares his views in his presentation “Japan and South Africa’s Shared Interest” to Western Cape members of SAIIA and friends. He will also touch on the upcoming G20 Summit, Rugby World Cup, and the seventh Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development – all happening in Japan in 2019.
Mr Maruyama graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Economics in 1983. In the same year, he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Ambassador, Deputy Head of Mission to the European Union from 2011 and the Deputy Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador, Special Representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Central Asia and GUAM from 2013. He became Ambassador, Director-General, African Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2014 and Ambassador-designate, Embassy of Japan in the Republic of South Africa from early 2019.
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm until 7.30pm
Refreshments, including saki and sushi, will be served before the event
Free for SAIIA members; R50 for visitors; R20 for students