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Islamabad (Staff Reporter) Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Takashi Kurai, Monday highlighted Pak-Japan relations and its significance for the people of the two countries while addressing the 84th birthday celebrations of Emperor Akihito here. Ambassador Takashi Kurai and his wife, Rieko Kurai hosted reception to mark the 84th birthday of his majesty Emperor Akihito, the 125thEmperor of Japan.

The emperor in Japan is symbol of national unity.  Royal family is the oldest existing ancestry in the world dating back to more than 2000 years since the foundation of the first Emperor Jimmu in 660 B.C.   Akihito was born in Tokyo on 23rd December 1933 as the first son of the late Emperor  Hirohito (Showa). This day is celebrated as the national holiday.


The Emperor Akihito acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne upon the death of his father, Emperor Showa (Hirohito), in 1989. The role of the Emperor of Japan has historically alternated between a largely ceremonial symbolic role and that of an actual imperial ruler.

The ceremony was marked with a cake cutting ceremony after playing anthems of the two countries. The ceremony was attended by a large number of politicians, ambassadors and officials besides prominent citizens.

The ambassador Takashi Kurai also pointed out completing 65th year of establishing diplomatic relations with Pakistan and elaborated various projects in Pakistan which have been completed and were being completed with the financial and technical support of government of Japan.

Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Governor Baluchistan Dr Muhammad Khan Achakzai, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. (retd.) Nasser Janjua, Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resources, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Senator Gen(R) Abdul Qayum, MQM Leader Abdul Rashid Godil, Farooq Sattar, PkMAP president Mehmood Khan Achakzai, MNA  Sheikh Rashid Ahmed  and (Lt) General Javed Mahmood Bukhari Quartermaster General (QMG)were among the prominent guests.

 Ambassador, Takashi Kurai, while addressing the participants, said that Japan will continue to implement development projects in Pakistan as it did in the past. The projects include rehabilitation of roads, strengthening of power transmission lines, polio eradication campaign, water supply, education and so forth.

 He congratulated on the completion of the project of Indus Highway. This is the one for rehabilitation of 65% of the whole length of 1200km of the highway from Peshawar to Hyderabad which started in late 1980’s and finished this year. He said that Japan will continue to support Pakistan in its efforts towards economic development and further democratization.

Guests also visited the stall of automobile industry; the backbone of the country’s economy.  The participants also enjoyed the highlights of Japanese cuisine. Head of Press and Cultural Section of Japan embassy, Katsunori Ashida himself looked after the sushi stalls. Sushi is the most famous  dish, familiar to food-lovers all over the world.