Attendance at Joint New Year’s Party Hosted by Keizai Doyukai, The Japan and Tokyo Chambers for Commerce and Industry, and Keidanren.


It was an honor and pleasure for H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat to attend the New Year Reception gala jointly hosted by Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), The Japan and Tokyo Chambers for Commerce and Industry, and Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.

Present at the annual reception were more than three thousand guests including the top, uppermost ranked government officials, politicians, parliamentarians, Their Excellencies the Ambassadors and diplomats with missions in Japan, officials from the global economic sector, and the foremost leaders of Japan’s largest international corporations.

Opening remarks for the ceremony were given by the Chairman of Keidanren, Dr. Sadayuki Sakakibara. Also present to give remarks at the event was H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. All speakers spoke of the success of ‘Abenomics’ in helping to raise the economy of Japan, and increase profits, stating that for 2018 they would stay this course.


During the reception, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat had the opportunity to met and speak with H.E. Prime Minister Abe to whom he extended, on behalf of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, sincerest thanks for the long support and unwavering assistance of the people and Government of its true friend, the noble nation of Japan. The Japanese have stood with Afghanistan during the rebuilding process, helping to bring Afghanistan to its current progress & achievements, and their help and investment of Afghanistan’s future by developing its human capacity holds a place of appreciation and honor in the heart of Afghans. In return, H.E. Prime Minister Abe thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for his kind words and assured him that Japan would continue to stand with and support Afghanistan well into the future.


H.E. Dr. Mohabbat had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Dr. Sadayuki Sakakibara, to whom he expressed congratulations on hosting such a well attended and appointed event and thanked him for the invitation. In return Dr. Sakakibara thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for his attendance and kind words. Additionally, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr. Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) whom he asked to consider increasing more investment in Afghanistan’s economic and business sectors. In return, Mr. Ishige assured H.E. Dr. Mohabbat that he was well aware of the many great potential investment opportunities Afghanistan has for Japanese investors and assured him that as security increases so too will Japan’s investment in Afghanistan. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat also had the opportunity to meet with several of the guests in attendance with whom he discussed many topics of mutual interest.