October 7, 2018
JICA Alumni was awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for its outstanding activities and efforts to sustain the closed ties between Turkey and Japan. The award was delivered by H.E. Mr. Akio MIYAJIMA, Ambassador of Japan to the president of JICA Alumni Prof. Dr. Hasan H. ATAR with a ceremony on October 05, 2018 at the same time Mr. Ruhi ESIRGEN who is the founder president of JICA Alumni Association in Turkey was honoured by "the Order of Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays" for his outstanding contribution for promoting the friendly relation and mutual understanding between Turkey and Japan. More than 100 participants from Turkish Government like the Vice Minister of MoNE, JICA related people, and guests from business circles and academia celebrated the ceremony.
JICA Alumni of Turkey celebrated its 30th Anniversary with an event that was held on October 07, 2018 with the participation of H.E. Akio MIYAJIMA, Ambassador of Japan, many Alumni members as well as JICA friends at Turkish Japanese Foundation Culture Center (TJV). After the opening remarks from Prof. Dr. Hasan H. ATAR, President of JICA Alumni, Mr. Takehiro YASUI, Chief Representative of JICA Turkey Office and H.E. Mr. Akio MIYAJIMA, a short video was shown as a summary of JICA Alumni activities throughout 30 years. One of the ex-participant Mr. Aziz YILDIRIM, the Governor of Mus Province told about the cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and JICA and his experience in Japan.
The most interesting part of the event was the Turkish Japanese friendship chorus which was consisted of JICA Turkey of Staffs and JICA Alumni board members. The chorus sang 2 Turkish and 1 Japanese song and received applause from the audiences. As a part of 30th anniversary event, a painting exhibition themed Turkish-Japanese friendship was held at the gallery of TJV. The paintings were made by junior high school students who participated in JICA Disaster Management Education events in Ankara and Bursa. At the same gallery there was a photo exhibition that was organized by JICA Alumni for JICA Ex-participant's photos which were taken in different years and cities in Japan. The event strengthened ties among the JICA related people and the members as well as created the spirit of further development of the Alumni activities.
Prof. Dr. Hasan H. ATAR (Left) and Mr. Ruhi ESIRGEN with their awards (Second from the right)
Turkish-Japanese Friendship Chorus
Photo exhibition of JICA ex-participants