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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 9 [2019年07月23日(Tue)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 10, 2019: Brasilia, Federal District]



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Attending a press conference with Dr. Socorro Gross Galiano, PAHO/WHO Representative in Brazil



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Being interviewed by local media



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Speaking at a training course for doctors specializing in Hansen’s disease that is being implemented by the WHO through a grant from The Nippon Foundation

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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 8 [2019年07月22日(Mon)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 9, 2019: Brasilia, Federal District]


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WithDr. Jair Soares Júnior, Deputy Federal Public Defender



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Meeting with Congressman Helder Salomão, President of the Human Rights and Minorities Committee, in the Deputies’ Chamber



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With Congressman Antonio Brito, President of the Social Security and Family Committee in the Deputies’ Chamber

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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 7 [2019年07月19日(Fri)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 8, 2019: Brasilia, Federal District]


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Exchanging salutes with President Jair Bolsonaro



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Posing with the president for a commemorative photo



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During our meeting, President Bolsonaro took his mobile phone from his jacket and initiated a live broadcast on Facebook that also involved Dr. Luiz Henrique Mandetta, Minister of Health.

[More details on this meeting are available HERE]



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As of July 16, the 13-minute-long video has been viewed more than 730,000 times and attracted over 19,000 comments.

[A video of the president's live broadcast available HERE]



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Meeting with Ms. Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights

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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 6 [2019年07月18日(Thu)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 7, 2019: São Paulo, São Paulo State]




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Meeting with executives of Beneficência Nipo-Brasileira de São Paulo,

an organization of Japanese Brazilians that traces back to 1959 when it was formed to provide assistance to newly arriving immigrants from Japan.

Today it is active in the areas of health and social assistance.


Their activities are available HERE

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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 5 [2019年07月17日(Wed)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 6, 2019: São Luís, Maranhão State]



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Visiting the Health Unit Recanto Verde and chatting with Maria, who has just received the good news that she has completed her treatment for Hansen’s disease.



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Having lunch with Maranhão’s State Health Secretary, Carlos Lula, mayors of five municipalities that are part of a project for early detection and treatment of Hansen’s disease being funded by The Nippon Foundation, and municipal health secretaries

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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 4 [2019年07月16日(Tue)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 5, 2019: São Luís, Maranhão State]



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Being interviewed on TV Guara



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Surrounded by local media



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Speaking at a conference on Hansen’s disease and social determinants attended by state and municipal secretaries and the Governor of Maranhão


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More than 250 people took part.



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Being awarded the Order of Maranhão State



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Interviewed for the TV program, “A HORA D” on TV Difusora



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Strolling around the historic center of São Luís, a world heritage site



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Visiting Aquiles Lisboa Hospital, where I

I met a boy who came along with his mother to be checked for Hansen’s disease.



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His mother had noticed her son had symptoms of the disease after she saw a health poster in town. It just shows how important it is be aware of the symptoms and also to know that the disease is curable.



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Being interviewed by radio station NOVA1290 Timbira AM


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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 3 [2019年07月15日(Mon)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 3, 2019: Marabá, Pará State]


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With Mr. Tiao Miranda, Mayor of Marabá at the launching ceremony of the “Hansen Municipal Law”



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Being interviewed by local media



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Visiting Health Unit Hiroshi Matsuda and checking the stock of MDT, the drugs used to treat leprosy.



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Being interviewed for the TV program, “Personalidades” on TV Kairos - Record News Marabá


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With the host, Mr. Fabiano Moreira
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The “Brazilian Trump”? My live Facebook broadcast with President Bolsonaro [2019年07月11日(Thu)]

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Meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro (July 8, 2019, Brasilia, Brazil)


I have just returned from a two-week trip to Brazil, which I visited in my capacity as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. I traveled to different parts of the country, meeting with political leaders, health officials and others to request their further cooperation and commitment to eliminating Hansen’s disease, as leprosy is called in Brazil.


On July 8, I had the honor of meeting President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, the federal capital. A former military officer, the president is handsome, like an actor.


I told him that Brazil has the second highest number of cases of Hansen’s disease in the world after India, and that it needs to make further efforts against the disease. At this, the president suggested that we reach out to the nation right away. He took his mobile phone from his jacket and started a live broadcast on Facebook.

                                         

During the live broadcast, he firmly stated that “Hansen’s disease is an issue that the government of Brazil needs to be involved in. We will work with Mr. Sasakawa.”


I was also invited to speak. Stressing the importance of early detection, I called for Brazil to aim for “zero Hansen’s disease.”


The 13-minute-long video has since been viewed more than 650,000 times and attracted over 18,000 comments.


People say that President Bolsonaro won the election by harnessing the power of social media. His stance on various issues, his brash statements as well as his use of social media have led to comparisons with US President Donald Trump.Nevertheless, I was left amazed by his swift action and improvisation.


During the live broadcast, he asked for comments from the Minister of Health, the Minister of Human Rights, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who were also present. I described him above as having an actor’s good looks, but seeing the way he handled himself during the broadcast, he reminded me more of the emcee of a TV show.


As I watched the president of Brazil in action−the president of the largest country in Latin America with a population of more than 200 million people−I felt I understood how social media is the key to fundamental political change.


[The President's Live Broadcast Available HERE]


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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 2 [2019年07月11日(Thu)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.


[July 2, 2019: Belém, Pará State]


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Visiting a Basic Health Unit (Marcello Candia).

I was touched by the warm welcome we received.



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Posing for a photo with persons affected by Hansen’s disease and their families at the Basic Health Unit



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Being interviewed by local media



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Meeting with Dr. Alberto Beltrame, Health Secretary of Pará State



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With Mr. Helder Barbalho, Governor of Pará State



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En route from the state capital Belém for Marabá

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【Photo Diary】Visit to Brazil – 1 [2019年07月10日(Wed)]

I would like to share with you some of the photographs taken during my visit to Brazil from June 30 to July 10, 2019.




[July 1, 2019: Brasilia, Federal District]



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After a 25-hour journey from Japan, I arrived in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, on June 30 on a mission as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. My first day of meetings was on July 1.






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With Dom Joel Portella, General Secretary of the National Conference of Bishops of BrazilCNBB




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With Dr. Luiz Henrique Mandetta, Minister of Health



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Enjoying a glass of wine at the airport before leaving Brasilia for my next destination, Belem


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