National Day Reception Celebrates the 85th Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan

On December 12, Ambassador Koji Haneda hosted a National Day Reception at Makati Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate the 85th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Distinguished guests present were Finance Secretary Hon. Carlos Dominguez III, Transportation Secretary Hon. Arthur Tugade, Budget and Management Secretary Hon. Benjamin Diokno, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Hon. Jose Ma Concepcion, Senator Hon. Franklin Drilon, and Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Hon. Ernesto Abella, among others.

In his speech, Ambassador Haneda said that the Philippines has always been a home away from home for him as a diplomat who started his career in Manila in the early 1980s. He stressed Japan’s strong support for President Duterte’s Build Build Build program, including the first-ever subway in the Philippines and commuter railway projects in and around Metro Manila. He mentioned that the launch of the Consulate General of Japan in Davao in January 2019 is a good example of fortifying the bonds between the two countries in the years ahead.

At the reception, 29 booths were set up by Japanese companies and prefectures to promote their products and services.

Ambassador Haneda

Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Abella

Dean of the Diplomatic corps Caccia,
Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Abella,
Ambassador and Mrs. Haneda,Former Presidential Spokesperson Roque,
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III,
Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno


Ambassador and Mrs. Haneda,
Transportation Secretary Tugade