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【Photo Diary】 Visit to Myanmar - 4 [2020年11月25日(Wed)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Myanmar from October 29 to November 11, 2020, to head the Japanese government’s special delegation to observe the Southeast Asian country’s general election on November 8. I became the first foreign visitor State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi received after the election.


[November 10, Nay Pyi Taw]


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With State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (right) in front of her residence.

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State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) holds a copy of my recent book on leprosy, No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man’s Quest for a Leprosy-Free World, which I presented to her at our meeting. She expressed great interest in reading it.

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State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) poses with a folder bearing the logo of The Nippon Foundation.  




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【Photo Diary】 Visit to Myanmar - 3 [2020年11月24日(Tue)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Myanmar from October 29 to November 11, 2020, to head the Japanese government’s special delegation to observe the Southeast Asian country’s general election on November 8.


[November 9, Yangon]



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Meeting with a group of Japanese journalists.


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Speaking at an online press conference with reporters from some 20 local and Japanese media organizations.




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Speaking in an interview with a reporter (right) representing Myanmar’s state television stations, MRTV and MNTV.





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With a reporter of a Myanmar state television station (center) and Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Ichiro Maruyama (right).



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【Photo Diary】 Visit to Myanmar - 2 [2020年11月23日(Mon)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Myanmar from October 29 to November 11, 2020, to head the Japanese government’s special delegation to observe the Southeast Asian country’s general election on November 8.

[November 8, Yangon] 

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As the sun came up, long lines of voters wearing masks and face shields and observing social distancing guidelines amid the novel coronavirus pandemic formed at a polling station in Yangon.



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A voter casting her ballot.



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This woman shows her little finger stained with indelible ink that the Japanese government supplied as it did in the previous poll in 2015 to ensure a free and fair election by preventing double-voting fraud.


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Talking with a local voter wearing a face shield amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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I try out the election stamp.


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Ballots that have been cast.


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This balloting station in Yangon closed at 4 p.m. sharp.


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Ballots are properly stored ahead of counting.



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Observing ballot counting in a Yangon polling station.




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【Photo Diary】 Visit to Myanmar - 1 [2020年11月20日(Fri)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Myanmar from October 29 to November 11, 2020, to head the Japanese government’s special delegation to observe the Southeast Asian country’s general election on November 8. After undergoing a week-long quarantine at a Yangon hotel as a precaution against the novel coronavirus, I started work as the mission chief by meeting with government and military leaders.

[November 6, Nay Pyi Taw]

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Meeting with Mr. Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor (right).

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Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein (center) and the author (second from left).

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With Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services of Myanmar (right).


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【Photo Diary】 Visit to India - 5 [2020年02月25日(Tue)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to India from January 28 to February 5, 2020.

[February 3, Ahmedabad, Gujarat state]

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Meeting with Mr. B.G. Nainvale (right), Deputy Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.

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Meeting with members of the Association of People Affected by Leprosy (APAL), who briefed me on their campaign to fight leprosy and its associated stigma in Gujarat state.
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Meeting with Dr. Jayanti S. Ravi, Principal Secretary of Health, who presented me with her book.

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With Chief Secretary Anil Mukim, IAS (right).

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Interviewed on the state government channel VANDE (Video Audio Network for Development and Education) Gujarat.

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It looked gorgeous on TV, but this was the actual backdrop in the studio.

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Attending a ceremony to start distributing flip charts to educate people on early detection of leprosy.
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I hope that ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) will make good use of the flip charts in detecting leprosy.


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【Photo Diary】 Visit to India - 4 [2020年02月21日(Fri)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to India from January 28 to February 5, 2020.

[February 2, Ahmedabad, Gujarat state]

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Visiting the Mahatma Gandhi Kusta Seva Ashram leprosy colony.


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There was a wonderful turnout for my visit.

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This lady welcomed me with a necklace.

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Children treated me to a dance performance.

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Addressing colony residents.

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With young ladies who live in the colony.


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Meeting and talking with representatives of leprosy-affected communities in Gujarat state.


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【Photo Diary】 Visit to India - 3 [2020年02月18日(Tue)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to India from January 28 to February 5, 2020.


[January 31, From New Delhi to Ahmedabad, Gujarat state]

20200218_1.jpgBeing greeted at Ahmedabad Airport, Gujarat state, after arriving from New Delhi.




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Being briefed on Gujarat state’s anti-leprosy campaign by Dr. Girish Thakar (left) of the Health and Family Welfare Department.




【February 1, Ahmedabad, Gujarat state]

20200218_3.jpgA neatly paved road leads into the city of Ahmedabad.




20200218_4.jpgCows can be seen everywhere, with drivers careful to avoid them.


20200218_5.jpgOffering words of encouragement to ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) at the Sanand Taluka public health center.



20200218_6.jpgASHAs are female community health workers who have been trained to recognize symptoms of leprosy.


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Taking a commemorative photo with ASHAs at the Sanathan public health center.



20200218_8.jpgVisiting the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya museum at the Sabarmati Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi once lived, located in the suburb of Ahmedabad.



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Posing with representatives from APAL, WHO, S-ILF and the state of Gujarat.


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【Photo Diary】 Visit to India - 2 [2020年02月17日(Mon)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to India from January 28 to February 5, 2020.

[January 30, New Delhi]

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Meeting with Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot (right), Minister of Social Justice and
Empowerment.


20200217-2.jpgMeeting with Mr. Krishnaswamy Natarajan (right), Director General of the Indian Coast Guard.

 
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Addressing an event to observe Anti-Leprosy Day.


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Many young residents of leprosy colonies attend the Anti-Leprosy Day
event.


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The Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation (S-ILF) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “to drive industry action to end leprosy in India and fight the stigma attached to it.”



20200217-6.jpgMeeting with executive directors of the Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation (S-ILF).

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Meeting with Dr. S. Jaishankar (right), Minister of External Affairs.

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Participating in an event to mark the launch in India of my English-language book on my pursuit of a world without leprosy−No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man's Quest for a Leprosy-free World.


20200217-9.jpgChildren of a leprosy colony sing at the book launch event.


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I was extremely grateful to all those who made the event happen.


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【Photo Diary】 Visit to India - 1 [2020年02月14日(Fri)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to India from January 28 to February 5, 2020.


[January 29, New Delhi] 
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I had breakfast with Dr. Lutz Hegemann, Chief Operating Officer of Novartis AG, a global healthcare company based in Switzerland. Since 2000, Novartis took over from The Nippon Foundation the role of ensuring free distribution of MDT (multidrug therapy), which has gone a long way to dramatically reducing the number of leprosy cases globally.



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Meeting with Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan (left), who took time out of his busy schedule, coping with the coronavirus outbreak in China.


20200214-3.jpgThe Indian Health and Family Welfare Ministry compound is full of monkeys!

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Are they there to pick up medicine?

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What nice-looking monkeys they are!

20200214-6.jpgPosing on a bike used for events by Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation (S-ILF) to promote an end to leprosy and the discrimination it causes. But it is a bit too small for me.


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With young people who took part in an event organized by S-ILF.


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【Photo Diary】Visit to the Philippines – 3 [2019年09月16日(Mon)]
I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to the Philippines from September 8 to 11, 2019.

[September 11, 2019: Manila]

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Speaking at a 20th International Leprosy Congress (ILC)


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This congress is very unique because it is open not only for doctors and health personnel, but also for many other stakeholders including NGOs and persons affected by leprosy.

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"Let us unite towards “Zero Leprosy,” a historical challenge for all humankind!"
My speech is available HERE

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Receiving a letter of appreciation from Dr. Roch Christian Johnson, President of the International Leprosy Association

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With other plenary speakers
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