Courtesy Call on Mr. Takashi Uto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Fellow Alumni of ‘‘the United Nations - the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme’’
On November 28 (Fri), Mr. Takashi Uto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affair received a courtesy call by Fellow Alumni of the ‘‘the United Nations - the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme’’ headed by Mr. Miguel Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel and staff member of the Nippon Foundation headed by Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation for about 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. The outline of the courtesy call is as follows.
1. At the outset, Mr. Uto expressed his respect for financial contributions made by the Nippon Foundation and efforts of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) and DOALOS (Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea) of the United Nations to ‘‘the United Nations –the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme’’, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and the number of the alumni is now well over a hundred.
2. Mr. Uto stated that reinforcing “the rule of law” in the international community is one of the main pillars of Japanese diplomacy and Japan will strengthen further cooperaion with OLA, in particular DOALOS, which plays important roles in maintaining and reinforcing “the rule of law at sea”.
3. In response, Mr. Serpa Soares, stated that he appreciated good and close relations between Japan and UN and hoped for further strengthening cooperation.
4. Subsequently, Mr. Uto received a courtesy call by the above-mentioned Fellow Alumni and made a speech of welcome. In his speech, Mr. Uto paid homage to efforts of DOALOS that trained over a hundred fellows on the Law of the Sea and ocean affairs through the Fellowship Programme and financial contribution made by the Nippon Foundation to that Programme. Mr. Uto further prayed for all the alumni’s further success in their respective fields for maintaining and reinforcing “the rule of law at sea”.