Speech by H.E. Minister of Defense Mr. Gen NakataniNovember 13, 2015:
His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimie had a pleasure of attending the Band Festival of Japan Self-Defense Forces in celebration of JSDF Anniversary, organized by the Ministry of Defense of Japan. This year marks the 51st time of the annual event, and the band performances were done by teams of Ground Self-Defense Force, Maritime Self-Defense Force, Air Self-Defense Force, 302nd Honor Guard Company, Jiei-Diako (Japanese Drums) by SDF, Honor Guard Unit of National Defense Academy, the United States Army Japan Band, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Band, U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet Band, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia in Japan and Indian Army Band, etc.
Besides all the bands’ astonishing performances, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie had a great pleasure and honor to observe the opportunity with the Honorable Mr. Takeshi Fujimaki, and the Honorable Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada, both respected Members of the House of Councillors. H.E. Dr. Fatimie extended His Excellency’s gratitude on behalf of the people and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, for Japan’s continuous and consistent reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan. The Honorable Mr. Fujimaki in response appreciated H.E. Ambassador’s words, and agreed to maintain and further develop the friendship of Japan and Afghanistan.