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November 26, 2018

His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince Grants Audience to Participants in the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program

photoEmiko Matsuo, director general for Secretariat’s Policy Matters, National Personnel Authority, right, greets His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito.

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 Palace on Oct. 23.

This program started in 1985 to enhance the policy formation ability of senior government officials responsible for policy-making. Many former participants have held a governmental position in their own countries and become mediators between their countries and Japan.

This year, participants had many lectures, as well as visits to the National Personnel Authority, Katsushika City Office, the One-Day Joint Administrative Counseling Center in Chiba, and Toyota Motor Corporation. Also, participants learned from one another through discussions among themselves.

photoFrom left, in the front row seats, are participants from Myanmar, Tanzania, Malawi, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. From left in the back row are participants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Botswana and Laos.

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.

Participants' impressions

photoThe participants have a pleasant chat with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito.

Ms. Hazel Nkagisang Reaitsanye
(Deputy permanent secretary, Corporate Services, Ministry of Health and Wellness, Botswana)

The participants of the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program “National Government Administration for Senior Officials for 2018” were honored to have been given a rare opportunity to have an audience with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince. This occasion gave us each an opportunity to represent our country in conveying gratitude for Japan's assistance. We further shared with him the benefits of the program and what we learned from it. We said we were impressed with the way work is done in Japan, namely the timeliness, cleanliness and orderliness. His Imperial Highness shared with us his experiences in some of their countries, especially with the local cuisine, and greeted one participant in his African language. It was an honor we will never forget.

Mr. U. G. Ratnasiri
(Additional secretary of Economic Affairs, Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs, Sri Lanka)

It was indeed a pleasure and a privilege for us to have an audience with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan. It was also a wonderful experience for us to meet the crown prince of a country. This was the first time I've visited an imperial palace and met and conversed with a crown prince. His Imperial Highness was kind enough to talk to all of us and inquire about our experiences in Japan and whether the program was useful to us. His Highness also discussed some matters related to our countries. The program was well-designed for us to improve our capacities as senior policy-making officials of developing countries. I am grateful that such an unforgettable event was arranged for us.

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