Tomodachi Autumn 2014


Moments of Prime Minister Abe in Summer/Autumn 2014

At a luncheon held at the prime minister’s official residence for the female ambassadors to Japan of 14 nations. The occasion was a great opportunity to exchange opinions in anticipation of the WAW! Tokyo 2014, an international symposium held September 12-13 with the aim of creating a society in which woman shine.

In discussion with Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative session titled “Equality for Girls and Women” on September 2014. (Photo: Kyodo News)

Welcoming India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, at the Kyoto State Guest House. After touring the ancient city of Kyoto, Prime Minister Modi proceeded to Tokyo for summit talks. (August-September 2014)

With Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, visiting the West Angelas mine in Western Australia. The two leaders continued their friendly dialogue aboard the Australian Prime Minister’s plane. (July 2014)

With New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, and rugby players. New Zealand, with its All Blacks, is well known as a rugby powerhouse. (July 2014)

Prime Minister Abe was afforded a rare opportunity to address the Australian Parliament. (July 2014)

Summit meeting of the leaders of Japan and CARICOM (Caribbean Community) held in Trinidad and Tobago. Since many Caribbean countries are island nations, Japan shares with them a history of facing natural disasters. (July 2014)

With Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, at a gala event that he hosted. Prime Minister Abe was greeted by people in traditional costumes. (July 2014)

With Chile’s President, Michelle Bachelet, at the Japan-Chile Summit Meeting. It has been 55 years since Prime Minister Abe’s grandfather, the former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, visited the country. (July 2014)

With Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, at the Japan-Brazil Summit Meeting. The two nations will celebrate 120 years of diplomatic relations in 2015. (August 2014)

With Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, at the Teotihuacan site. It was like a scene from a film. (July 2014)

With Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Japan-Sri Lanka Summit. As maritime nations, Japan and Sri Lanka are pursuing cooperative efforts to address maritime challenges. (September 2014)

Prime Minister Abe being welcomed by Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina. Prime Minister Abe pledged to promote research on Japan in Bangladesh in collaboration with the University of Dhaka’s Japan Study Center. (September 2014)

Japan convened the Japan-African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Summit Roundtable, held on the occasion of the UN General Assembly. Discussion focused on the theme of developing Africa’s infrastructure. (September 2014)

Prime Minister Abe speaking at Columbia University. The speech was followed by a Q&A session during which students asked about the Abe administration’s policies. (September 2014)

Prime Minister Abe attending the Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting at the UN Headquarters. The leaders affirmed their commitment to work together toward a successful Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, to be held in Fukushima in May 2015. (September 2014)

With the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, at the Japan-Qatar Summit Meeting in New York. Ties between the two nations have deepened in a wide range of areas since Prime Minister Abe visited Qatar in August 2013. (September 2014)

Prime Minister Abe being welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the ASEM 10 summit in Milan, Italy. (October 2014)

Prime Minister Abe’s attendance at the ASEM summit also provided the opportunity for discussions with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. (October 2014)

Prime Minister Abe delivering a speech at the opening session of the High-Level Round Table during the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo (WAW! Tokyo 2014)-“Creating a Society in which Woman Shine.” In his speech, he emphasized his commitment to strengthening ties with the UN Women Japan Liaison Office. (September 2014)

Visiting Fukushima to see how the reconstruction efforts from the Great East Japan Earthquake are progressing. Prime Minister Abe visited rice farmers and tried his hand at operating a large rice harvester. (September 2014)

Observing firsthand the landslide damage caused by the torrential rain in Hiroshima. Prime Minister Abe also visited victims at an evacuation center. (August 2014)

Monitoring recovery in Miyagi Prefecture after the Great East Japan Earthquake. At a new elementary school completed in August, the prime minister is welcomed by children. The message boards they are holding say, “Thank you for our new school.” (October 2014)