Visit to Cuba by Mrs. Akie Abe, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan
September 28, 2016
From 22 to 23 September 2016, Mrs. Akie Abe, the spouse of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, accompanied her husband on his official visit to Cuba, for the first time as the Prime Minister and First Lady of Japan in office. Mrs. Abe was actively involved in programs such as a visit to Guanabo Children's Home, exchange of views on organic agriculture, and a meeting aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Cuba especially in cultural and touristic areas.
1 Visit to Guanabo Children’s Home
Mrs. Abe visited "Guanabo Children's Home"in Havana's outlying town. At the Home, Mrs. Abe engaged with children by talking with Ms. Marisol Macias, director of the Home and 18 children. Mrs. Abe asked their dreams for the future, and the children asked various questions about Japan, such as the reason why Japan is called a "country of raising sun".
2 Meeting with organic farmer, Mr. Funes
Mrs. Abe, being invited to his house by Mr. Fernando Funes, who runs the organic farm "Marta"in Havana, exchanged views with him about agriculture in both countries. Mr. Funes explained the history of agriculture in Cuba as well as his agricultural activities in organic farm "Marta". Mrs. Abe related her own agricultural activities in Japan, as well as her organic farming, and exchanged their views with Mr. Funes on issues related with agriculture, which are their common interests.
3 Meeting with Mrs. Lis Cuesta Peraza de Díaz-Canel, spouse of the first vicepresident of the National Council of Cuba
Mrs. Abe held a meeting with Her Excellency Mrs. Lis Cuesta Peraza de Díaz-Canel, spouse of Mr. Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the first vicepresident of the National Council of Cuba. Mrs. Abe said that she was glad to see Mrs. Cuesta again since last June, when Mrs. Cuesta had visited to Japan accompanying his husband. Mrs. Cuesta expressed her gratitude for the hospitality extended by the Japanese side during her visit to Japan, and told that she was deeply impressed during her visit to Hiroshima. Furthermore, they exchanged their views on issues of common interests, such as measures against aging society with fewer children, as well as increased participation of women in the workplace and their life-work balance including childcare and care of elderly family members, all of which are issues of common interests for Japan and Cuba.