News Center -TDO- Japan’s Ambassador to Turkey Kazuhiro Suzuki hosted a reception in consequence of “Japan Self-Defense Forces Day” at the Japan Embassy.

Deputy Minister of National Defense Alpaslan Kavaklıoğlu, representatives of foreign missions in Ankara, military attachés, diplomats and other guests attended to the reception.

The reception started with the opening speech of Ambassador Suzuki after the national anthems were singed.

Ambassador Suzuki said in his speech “Thank you very much for coming to our Self Defense Forces Day reception this evening. I am very much excited to have you ali as this is my first official reception since I came here in October 2020. First and foremost, therefore, let me express my sincere gratitude to Türkiye and the Turkish people, by saying how lucky and privileged I am to serve as Japanese Ambassador here, to be a bridge betvveen the two countries and peoples who share such a positive perception of each other. So, teşekkürler Türkiye for having me here. Exactly 68 years ago today, on July İst 1954, Japan Self Defense Forces was established, and it's been evolving remarkably in recent years to cope with rapidly changing international environment. The event today is also for announcing the change of command of our defense attache. Captain Kumai has just completed his three year assignment in Ankara and going back to Japan. Replacing Kumai san will be Captain Harihara who commanded a destroyer just until this appointment. I trust you will build a great friendship with him and his family for the years to come. So thank you very much Captain Kumai and his wife forvour great service. And very warm vvelcome to Captain Harihara and his family.

"The geographical distance between our countries has not prevented the establishment of strong friendship ties between our states and peoples," said Deputy Minister of National Defense Kavaklıoğlu.

Reminding that the Japanese villagers rescued a large number of Turkish sailors in the accident of the Frigate Ertuğrul in 1890, Kavaklıoğlu said,“Strengthening solidarity has turned into a real friendship. Japan and Türkiye do not have a common border but has been complacency neighbors."

Kavaklıoğlu also said, “The strong friendship relations between Türkiye and Japan and solidarity in a strategic partnership framework, I believe that in the period extending to 2024, which constitutes the 100th year of our diplomatic relations, it will be further advanced on the basis of the common good of our people.”

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