Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Nakayama Visited Nepal

Mr. NAKAYAMA Norihiro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan was in Nepal on a two-day official visit from 16th to 17th January, 2020. During the visit, Mr. Nakayama paid courtesy calls on the Right Hon'ble President Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari, the Right Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. K P Sharma Oli, and Hon’ble Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The dignitaries exchanged views of mutual interest. The cordial relations between the two countries, in place since bilateral relations were established in 1956. Recalling the visit of the Right Hon’ble President Mrs. Bhandari to Japan last October for the ceremonies of the acceleration to the throne of His Majesty the Emperor. Mr. Nakayama said the recent increase of bilateral exchanges between Japan and Nepal will further enhance this long-standing friendly relationship.
Mr. Nakayama visited different project sites supported by Japan, including the Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital at Thapathali. This project was supported under the ‘Program on Rehabilitation and Recovery from the Nepal Earthquake in 2015 and completed in May 2019. He also visited Tribhuvan International Airport where Japan had a project under “Project for Improvement of Aviation Safety Facilities in Major Airports” to improve the safety and efficiency of air transport in Nepal. Further, Mr. Nakayama made an observation trip to Kathmandu Durbar Square where two Japanese cultural heritage advisors were engaged in reconstructing cultural heritage sites which were damaged by the earthquake in 2015.

Additionally, Mr. Nakayama attended the promotional event of Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY 2020) organized by the Embassy of Japan. Prior to the event, Mr. Nakayama had a meeting with the Hon’ble Mr. Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai, Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation.