June 30, 2014

On June 30, 2014, Mrs. Akie Abe, spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, had a conversation with Mrs. Tashi Doma, spouse of the Prime Minister of Bhutan.

Two ladies talked in a friendly atmosphere. Mrs. Abe expressed her gratitude for the support extended by Bhutan at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake and touched on traditionally friendly relations between Japan and Bhutan and Bhutan’s development efforts based on Gross National Happiness.

Mrs. Doma said that she was happy to visit Japan and that her daughter who had an experience of staying in Japan had asked her to visit Japan because Japan is a wonderful country. Mrs. Doma thanked the Japanese people including Dasho Nishioka, who contributed to the development of agriculture in Bhutan, for their cooperation extended to Bhutan and said that the people of Bhutan were deeply worried about the people of Japan at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

At the end of the meeting, Mrs. Abe presented a stole of yarn-dyed silk fabric produced in Fukushima Prefecture to Mrs. Doma, and Mrs. Doma presented Kira, the national dress for women in Bhutan to Mrs. Abe.

Mrs. Doma will visit Soma City and Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture during her visit to Japan.

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