Ashinaga president Tamai attends official reception at Afghanistan embassy in Tokyo Meets with President Karzai, JICA president Ogata
Ashinaga President Yoshiomi Tamai was a guest at an official reception held June 18, 2010, at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo. During the event, he met with Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, who was visiting Japan, as well as JICA president Sadako Ogata. President Tamai used the opportunity to describe Ashinaga’s past activities in support of orphans in Afghanistan, as well as the organization’s future plans to aid orphans internationally. Speaking at the reception on behalf of the Japanese government was then-State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Osamu Fujimura, who has been a key leader in the Ashinaga movement since he was university student, and who is also a former vice president of the organization.
President Karzai and President Ogata listened intently to the explanation of Ashinaga’s past work on behalf of orphans from 21 countries, beginning with the “International Summer Camps for Orphans,” which included participation by several orphans of the war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. President Tamai also noted that Ashinaga was currently supporting one orphan each from Afghanistan and Iraq in their efforts to gain entrance to universities in Japan (the two students were subsequently accepted to Waseda University, where they began studying in September 2010), and that Ashinaga planned to continue supporting international orphans in obtaining higher education both in Japan and in other countries.
Ashinaga is currently working closely with governments and embassies of various countries in order to develop concrete plans for enabling orphans from around the world to realize their dream of obtaining a university education. President Tamai has also since met separately with JICA president Ogata to discuss plans related specifically to support for orphans in Africa.