December 1, 2017
Nine participants in JICA's knowledge co-creation program National Government Administration for Senior Officials were granted an audience with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito at the Crown Prince's Residence on Oct. 19.
The program started in 1985 to enhance the policy-formation ability of senior government officials responsible for policy-making. Many former participants have held governmental positions in their own countries and become mediators between their countries and Japan.
This year, participants heard many lectures and visited sites including the National Personnel Authority, Katsushika City Office, and the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. Also, participants learned through discussions among themselves.
After remarks by Emiko Matsuo, director general for Secretariat’s Policy Matters, National Personnel Authority, the participants had a pleasant chat with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito.
Ms. K. M. S. D. JAYASEKARA
(Additional Director General, Training and Development Administration and Finance, Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Sri Lanka)
I must say that I was honored and privileged to have the opportunity to meet the Crown Prince of Japan. It was a very impressive experience for the delegation coming from different parts of the globe to have this rare opportunity. The Crown Prince had a vast knowledge about the countries we were from and we shared our ideas and emotions not only about the Japan but also our motherlands. He knew about Sri Lankan landmarks like the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The wisdom, maturity and friendship was remarkable and we were so happy and lucky to have this experience with the Crown Prince in Japan.
Mr. Mohammad-Omar ARYAN
(Director of Labor Policy and Capacity Building of Human Resource, Ministry of Economy, Afghanistan)
Participation in a knowledge co-creation program funded by JICA provided me the chance to attend an audience with His Highness the Crown Prince of Japan. I was impressed by his noble personality and kindness.
Japan is a land of ethics and being well-mannered. The people are so friendly and respectful regardless of their social status. The hospitality of the Crown Prince is a great sign of the rich culture of extraordinary Japan.
Arigato gozaimasu, Crown Prince.
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