First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Yamaguchi, interacts with JICA Alumni Past President Neville Lynch, Head of JICA Jamaica Toshimasa Takashima and JICA Alumni Executive Member Priscilla Chambers had a great time at the Annual Celebration of the Emperor's Birthday celebrations held Dec 9, 2009 at the Jamaica Pegasus. The function was attended by a large delegation of Government Ministers, members of the country's Diplomatic Core and Head of Government Agencies, as well as a mass of Alumni Members:
Neil Findley Andrew Jones Mark Barnett Andrew Samuels Jacqueline Cameron Cynthia Williams
Candise Cross Melvis Cummings Neville Lynch Ian Channer Lewis Lakeman
PRO Andrew Samuels takes time out to take a photo with the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan Mr. Yamaguchi during their attendance to the Emperor's Birthday Celebrations on Dec. 9, 2009
"Great food, time and fellowship!" at the Emperor's Birthday celebrations held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Wed. Dec. 9, 2009. In this photo are Jacqueline Cameron, Ian Channer, Cynthia Williams, First Sec. Mr Yamaguchi and Lewis Lakeman.
Courtesy Call on His Excellency Masahiro Obata June 10
2009 by Alumni Executive FY2009/10
JICA Alumni National Executive FY2009/10 met with the Ambassador to Jamaica for Japan on June 10 2009 at his official office. The Alumni Executive presented Ambassador Obata with the Plans for the year. The Alumni continues to look forward to interacting with the Embassy of Japan to implement programmes that will see to the continued development of the Japan experience in Jamaica
Ambassador’s message (at Culture Festival 2008)
SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. MASAHIRO OBATA
AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN TO JAMAICA
ON THE OCCASION OF
THE JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY ALUMNI
JAPAN/JAMAICA CULTURAL NIGHT
Saturday, November 15, 2008 6:00 p.m. at the Altamont Court Hotel
The Honourable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism
Mr. Laurie Williams, Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade
Dr. Charles Douglas – Executive Director of the Jamaica Productivity Centre
Other Distinguished Officials representing the Govt. of Jamaica
Mr. Floyd McLean, President, JICA Alumni Association of Jamaica (JAAJ) and other members of the JICA Alumni,
Mr. Toshimasa Takashima, Resident Representative of JICA/JOCV Jamaica;
Other members of the JICA/JOCV team, Other Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen;
It is truly an honor and a great pleasure to be with you all this evening as we proudly celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the JICA Alumni Association of Jamaica (JAAJ). Indeed, 10 years is certainly a long time; one that suggests a formidable track record, and a history to measure one’s efforts against.
This year’s cultural event as we all know marks yet another major milestone in the Alumni’s continuous efforts to promote stronger relations between Jamaica and Japan and gives fresh opportunity to match and better those past efforts.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
This vibrant alumni movement has resulted from Japan’s willingness to share its knowledge with many of the Jamaican professionals and distinguished awardees present here tonight.
Of note, is that they are among the elite number of 370 Jamaicans that have been trained in Japan from 1977 until now.
Beyond any doubt, the Alumni’s efforts in its quest to share knowledge and experiences are being realized through the outstanding contributions by the 175 members of the JICA Alumni.
It would be remiss of me if I did not take the opportunity to profoundly thank the President, Mr. Floyd McLean and all members of the Alumni for harmoniously working together with the Embassy in the pursuit of social, cross-cultural as well as educational activities.
I am privileged to see in action, the many solid achievements by this strong Alumni movement.
They have worked tirelessly in many socially responsible initiatives with the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf, Mount Olivet Boys Home, the National Children’s Home in Hope Gardens and the Jamaica Association for Persons with Mental Retardation.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
This evening as the different cultural activities are shared, I hope you will immensely enjoy these activities as we witness “a showcase of artistic expressions and tastes of both nations”. Such kind of cultural exchange is very important for mutual understanding between both countries.
In closing, allow me to share a sober moment with you, hopefully not the last one we will have tonight. Daily, we are reminded that we live in a world where peace and harmony seem to be increasingly an elusive state of affair especially because of uncertainties, challenges and an insecure environment.
Against all odds, be reminded that where there is determination and hope, then the possibility to harness a culture and value system that preserves ‘harmony’ can be realistically achieved by all stakeholders, regardless of status, class, colour or creed.
On this happy occasion, I do hope that harmony and goodwill towards each other will emerge a rekindled sprit that will last for a lifetime.
Again, congratulations to the President and members of the JICA Alumni and I wish for you all continued development and prosperity in all your future endeavours.
Thank you all very much for your kind invitation.