Dr. Mohabbat & Ms. Imanishi Attend Japan Nut Association’s New Year’s Reception
January 11, 2016: Dr. Bashir Mohabbat, Minister-Counsellor for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Japan, and Ms. Namie Imanishi, Commercial & Economic Assistant, had the pleasure in attending the New Year Reception hosted by Japan Nut Association at Tokai University’s Alumni Hall. The event had approximately 150 attendees from several embassies with missions in Japan, such as the United States, Australia, and Turkey, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Dried Fruit Importers Association, other importers of nuts & dried fruits, media representatives, and others in related food industries.
Dr. Mohabbat and Ms. Imanishi met with Mr. Hiroto Nakajima, Chairman of the association, and expressed his thanks for extending the invitation to the event as well as for the great assistance of Japan to Afghanistan up to today. He also explained to him the great important role of dried fruits in Afghanistan and asked him to please consider importing its fine dried fruits into Japan for sales in the Japanese market.
Dr. Mohabbat also met with several of the leaders of the most prominent of Japanese food companies such as: Ms. Minako Kawasaki, Chief Deputy Director, and Ms. Shiori Takahashi, of the Trade Fair Department of JETRO; Mr. Hidemitsu Honda, Executive Vice President and Representative Director, and Mr. Kazusato Yamaguchi, Fruits and Nuts Department General Manager of Shohei Food Corporation; and from Toyota Tsusho Corporation. He asked them also to consider importing Afghan dried fruits. They suggested the leaders for the industry in Afghanistan meet with current suppliers of dried fruits to observe the process and learn from their methods. In the end, Dr. Mohabbat promised to give the companies’ leaders, with whom he spoke, a seminar to give them more information about the dried fruit industry and processes of Afghanistan at the embassy in the near future.