(Overview and Assessment)

October 31, 2016

1. Overview

(1) The training program was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan from October 16 to 23, in which 60 local staff members working at Japan’s overseas missions (Embassies, Consulates, and Permanent Missions) participated. The local staff is essential to the diplomatic service. The 60 members (Note 1) are the ones selected among approximately 5,200 local staff worldwide with recognition of their particularly outstanding performance.

(Note 1) Total of 60 members: 11 from Asia, 5 from Oceania, 8 from North America, 9 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 17 from Europe, 5 from the Middle East, and 5 from Africa

(2) The training program included lectures by the relevant bureaus and divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Note 2) and Lecture on “WASHOKU”Japanese Food and on Manners and visits to the surrounding areas of Tokyo. On October 18, the 60 participants paid a courtesy call on Mr. Kentaro SONOURA, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and received his words of appreciation and encouragement.

(Note 2) Lectures by senior and other officials of the Ministry and external instructors on administrative work, consular affairs, public diplomacy, Japan’s foreign policy, international law, Japan’s economy, information security, Japan’s international cooperation etc.

2. Assessment

(1) The participants deepened their understanding of the mechanisms and policies concerning the various tasks of Japan’s overseas missions, and acquired the latest information and firsthand knowledge about Japan. It is expected that the training will lead to their further contributions to the missions’ work and accordingly strengthening of Japan’s diplomatic activities.

(2) It is also expected that such training will vitalize the activities of Japan’s overseas missions not only by increasing the capacities of the participating local staff but also by providing further incentives for all local staff of Japan’s overseas missions to engage in their daily work at the frontlines of diplomacy.

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