Message From Ambassador TANAKA

Message From Ambassador TANAKA

My name is Satoshi Tanaka. I assumed my post here in Zimbabwe on the 27th of November, 2020.
 Since my arrival, I have had several opportunities to introduce myself to people here, and each time I have found that they get very excited. This is because “Tanaka” is a popular name here in Zimbabwe, too.  (Even President Mnangagwa told me that one of his sons has the middle name of Tanaka.) I feel privileged to learn that my name has a special meaning in Shona, one of the official languages of Zimbabwe, which is “We are good”. My name surely gives me a sense of familiarity with Zimbabwean people.
 Perhaps for most Japanese, it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact location of Zimbabwe on a map, but some may be able to associate the country with the Victoria Falls or national parks with plentiful wild animals. Here again, we come across a pair of similar words in the two languages: an elephant is called “nzou” in Shona, which is almost the same as the Japanese “zou”.
 Japan has established and strengthened a friendly relationship with Zimbabwe since its Independence in 1980. This year, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of our diplomatic ties. As President Mnangagwa and several other Cabinet ministers attended the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held in Yokohama, Japan, last year, Zimbabwe and Japan are making an effort to deepen and expand our friendly relationship.
Zimbabwe is endowed with a fabulous climate and rich natural resources, but, regrettably, it has faced social and economic challenges. And in recent years some new issues have been emerging, such as climate change and human-wildlife conflict. It is unfortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered efforts to tackle these problems. However, with the help of the Internet, we can still keep communicating in a different, and maybe even closer, way.
During my assignment in Zimbabwe, I will work to the best of my ability to improve our bilateral relationship in the areas of politics, economics, culture, tourism, and others.
I look forward to working with you all.
December 2020
Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe
Satoshi Tanaka