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4 Jul 2019

Belarus ambassador meets with Japanese schoolchildren

Belarus ambassador meets with Japanese schoolchildren
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Japan

MINSK, 4 July (BelTA) - Belarusian Ambassador to Japan Ruslan Esin visited school No. 7 in Tachikawa city. The Japanese schoolchildren learned some interesting facts about the history and tourist potential of Belarus. They also wished the head of the diplomatic mission Happy Independence Day in Belarusian, BelTA learned from the Embassy in Japan.

Belarus has been actively developing cooperation with the city of Tachikawa in sport and education. “In July of this year the secondary schools of the city have planned events to introduce Japanese schoolchildren to Belarus, its culture, traditions and cuisine. The campaign covers over 12,000 students from 19 schools of the city,” the embassy said.

The Japanese children thoroughly prepared for the meeting with the Belarusian ambassador. The school has put up an information stand about Belarus, much of which is dedicated to the Belarusian rhythmic gymnastics stars. The Japanese city has training facilities in this sport and Belarusian athletes are frequent guests there. The children were also offered to sample some dishes of Belarusian cuisine.

The two countries maintain regular humanitarian contacts, the embassy emphasized. On 3 July Belarusian Ambassador Ruslan Esin met with Minister of State for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, a member of Parliament Tomoko Ukishima. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education and school students from various regions of Belarus who are in Japan under the youth exchange program. Since 2012 Belarus has hosted the Japanese children from the Fukushima affected regions for recuperation holidays in the Zubryonok children's summer camp.

“Tomoko Ukishima welcomed the positive dynamics of Belarusian-Japanese contacts, the growing dialogue at the highest level and has expressed her readiness to contribute to the further development of cooperation in the humanitarian sphere,” the Embassy said. For its part, the Belarusian side has invited a Japanese delegation to attend the events on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Zubryonok camp in August this year.

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