New Year’s Reception (9 January 2020)
A reception to usher in 2020 and the start of a new decade was held at the Mission of Japan on 9 January. The reception was jointly hosted by Ambassador Yamazaki, Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Takamizawa, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, and Ambassador Okaniwa, Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Organizations and Chief of the Consulate in Geneva.
As the first official reception to be held since Ambassador Yamazaki’s arrival in Geneva, the Ambassador gave a speech to mark both the start of the New Year and the beginning of his term.
The reception hall was filled to capacity with approximately 200 guests, comprising mainly Japanese people living in Geneva and their colleagues.
Ambassador Yamazaki greeting a guest
Ambassador Okaniwa welcoming a guest
Ambassador Yamazaki making his address
Ambassador Okaniwa giving a toast