October 27, 2016: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie delivered a special lecture on Afghanistan’s development over the past 15 years to students and faculty at Toyo Gakuen University in Tokyo. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie was accompanied by Dr. Bashir Mohabbat, Minister Counselor; Mr. Abdulzaman Akbari, Third Secretary; Mr. Yuki Takeda, Secretary to the Ambassador; and Ms. Allyson Diaz, Public Relations Officer.
Before the lecture commenced, Ambassador Dr. Fatimie was given a warm official welcome to the university by the school’s chairperson, Mr. Yuichi Ezawa; the president, Ms. Kisako Harada; and other key members of the school’s staff.
The lecture detailed the hurdles that the young democracy has had to overcome, the progress that has been made, and aspirations for the future. Moreover, it discussed the importance of Japan’s cooperation over this period, for which the people and government are eternally grateful. The lecture was preceded by opening remarks by Vice President Yusuke Dan and, following a Q&A session, followed by closing remarks by Prof. Hitomi Sakamoto. Mr. Jason Pratt, the former public relations officer for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo and currently a special lecturer at Toyo Gakuen University, served as the emcee. The lecture received positive reviews from attendees.
This special lecture was the second visit to the Toyo Gakuen University this year, following the Afghan Day festival organized earlier this year (click to see the article dated on June 3, 2016). These events serve as proof of the growing relationship between this school and the embassy, and moreover of the ever-increasing connections between Afghanistan and Japan’s academic institutions.