Greetings from the Head of Mission

Message from the Ambassador
     I feel privileged to be appointed as the Ambassador of Japan to Botswana. Botswana is internationally renowned as a democratic legend and has splendid wildlife, not to mention having one of the richest deposits of diamond on the earth.
     Botswana also plays an active role in the international community, having chaired the UN Economic and Social Council, and being chosen as the host of the Kimberley Process Secretariat.
     Since Botswana's independence in 1966, Japan and Botswana have steadily developed the partnership of cooperation on the basis of fundamental values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law. This year marks a milestone as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Embassy of Japan in Botswana.
     Botswana was the first African country to adopt the standard of terrestrial digital television broadcasting developed by Japan. At grass-roots level, we have continued exchange programs in education, culture and sports. Last year was the 30th anniversary of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Programme in Botswana. And this year marks the 10th anniversary since Chigasaki Primary school in Yokohama and Ben Thema Primary School in Gaborone started exchanging paintings by the respective pupils. We are also expecting Botswana’s participation to the Osaka Expo and TICAD 9  both of which are scheduled for 2025. These events would present an exellent opportunities to bring our bilateral relations to a new height.
     As Ambassador to Botswana, I would like to work diligently to further cultivate the friendly relations between Japan and Botswana that have been built up over the years by my predecessors.
January 2023
Ambassador of Japan
Ohmori Setsuo