Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji on Saturday honoured founding member of the Malawi Society of Japan (MSJ) Mitsumune Kaizuka for the society’s “diligent and lasting contribution to the socio-economic development initiatives of Malawi”.
Kaizuka was one of the first Japanese volunteers to be deployed to Malawi in 1971 through the Japanese Oversees Volunteer Programme (Jovc).
Chimulirenji issued a certificate of appreciation to Kaizuka (in absentia) on behalf of President Peter Mutharika at the 2019 Japan-Malawi Forum event held in Tokyo, Japan on the sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad7) from August 28 to 30.
He said government appreciates MSJ’s contributions to Malawi, most of whom are former volunteers deployed to the country under Jovc.
“Malawi is the largest beneficiary of the Japanese Volunteer Programme, with 1 874 volunteers having contributed in various sectors in the country through skills, knowledge, and cultural exchange,” Chimulirenji said.
Former Japanese Ambassador and MSJ chairperson Motoyoshi Noro received the Malawi Government’s Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Kaizuki who could not make it to the event “due to other pressing issues”.
Meanwhile, the Vice-President returned to the country last Sunday afternoon.