Tokyo, Japan (5 July, 2018) – On Thursday 5 July, 2018, Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins, the Federation’s newly accredited Non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan presented her letters of credence to His Majesty, Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
During the exchange with His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, Ambassador Huggins conveyed greetings on behalf of His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Tapley Seaton GCMG, CVO, QC, JP and the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis and extended best wishes to His Majesty for his health and the welfare of citizens of Japan.
Ambassador Huggins also had the opportunity to meet with the Hon. Minister of Environment and Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Mr. Masuharu Nakagawa who also attended the Ceremony and Ambassador Takahiro Nakamae, Assistant Minister, Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau.
During her brief meeting with the Hon. Minister Nakagawa, Ambassador Huggins expressed St. Kitts and Nevis’ gratitude to the Government of Japan for its past and continued support especially in the area of disaster preparedness. Hon Minister Nakagawa noted that the Government of Japan is pleased with its contribution to disaster preparedness projects in the Federation and was particularly happy that Nevisians were able to shelter from last years’ hurricane in emergency shelters that were renovated with the financial assistance of the Government of Japan. The Hon. Minister also pledged his government’s commitment to doing more to help the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in this area.
St. Kitts and Nevis formally established diplomatic relations with Japan in January, 1985.
Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins is also St. Kitts and Nevis’ resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of China (Taiwan).