Mahama Meets Japanese Emperor & Prime Minister Today

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The President, John Dramani Mahama, and his wife, Lordina, who are in Tokyo Japan for a State Visit, will this morning pay a courtesy call on Their Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

President Mahama, will later in the day meet and hold discussions with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe of Japan.

The two leaders, will oversee the signing of a new cooperation agreement and address a joint press briefing in Tokyo.

President Mahama, has had a long standing relationship with the Japanese, including working for their Embassy in Ghana as head of Information, Culture and Research.

One of Ghana’s major development partners, Japan, has over the years, made significant contributions to Ghana’s health, agricultural, infrastructural and social services sectors.

President Mahama and Prime Minister Abe will hold discussions on a number of issues including the next steps following the decision by Japan to restore the YEN loan portfolio.

On this visit, President Mahama, will meet with African Heads of Mission, address an Investment Forum and meet the Ghanaian Community.
He will also grant audience to a number of Japanese officials including the President of JICA and a Group led by the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan.

Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama, will on her part hold discussions with Mrs. Abe, and also address a gathering of the Spouses of African Heads of Mission, leaders of Japanese Women Groups and Female Ambassadors.

Shortly after his election, President Mahama in May 2013, traveled to the Japanese City of Yokohama to hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe.

The meeting then focused on Ghana-Japan relations and a review of Japan’s support for Ghana’s development programmes through JICA.

Mr. Mahama, who was with his wife, also attended the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in that year, together with a number of other African leaders, including Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, and the now ousted President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Campoare.

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