Former President John Dramani Mahama said the outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Ghana His Excellency Tsutomu Himeno had bet on diplomatic and development relations between the two countries.
Mr. Mahama said his service in Ghana was remarkable.
In a Facebook post, he said: “I have had the opportunity to say to my friend, His Excellency Tsutomu Himeno of Japan, a happy farewell at the end of his tenure in Accra.
“Thank you for your service in Ghana and for helping to strengthen diplomatic and development relations between our two countries. “
Read below the full statement of His Excellency Tsutomu Himeno upon his arrival in Ghana in 2018…
I am happy to introduce myself as Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Ghana.
I arrived in Ghana in December 2017.
I am very happy to be here.
Ghana is known for its history of gaining independence in 1957 prior to the 1960 “Year of Africa” and playing a very important role in this regard.
Ghana, the land of freedom and justice, and Japan are united by our common values such as democracy and the rule of law.
Japan and Ghana have enjoyed good relations over their long history thanks to so many people such as Dr Hideyo Noguchi who came to Ghana to conduct research on yellow fever but died here in May 1928, there is 90 years old.
Other examples contributing to our good relationship are long-standing trade relationships such as Ghana’s cocoa bean trade to Japan, Japan’s decades-long economic cooperation with Ghana in multiple fields, including Japanese volunteers for overseas cooperation across the country, and cultural and human-to-people exchanges in many ways.
I look forward to making my contribution, with your help, to the promotion of good Japan-Ghana relations, building on the invaluable contribution of so many of you.
All of our Embassy team will do their best to help strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and Ghana and would appreciate your good advice and cooperation.