Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, visited Davao City on October 3 and handed over a certificate of commendation from Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida to Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD) president Ines Mallari.
The awarding took place at the opening ceremony of the Philippine-Japan Festival, held at the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School in Lanang, Davao City.
In his speech, Urabe applauded the outstanding achievement by MKD students at the Japan Foundation Manila National Japanese Language Speech Contest, among other accomplishments. He expressed hope that MKD will continue their laudable journey in the quest for friendship and cooperation, not only between Japan and the Philippines, but also among the members of the global community.
In response, Mallari said that MKD would continue to move forward in its quest for excellence, and more importantly, take an active role in further strengthening “the close and friendly relations” between the Philippines and Japan. She added that MKD looks forward to providing quality human resources for the development of the Philippines, Japan and the entire Asean region.
MKD began its operation as a private higher educational institution in 2002. It has been successful in teaching the Japanese language as one of the major subjects in the curriculum. The college is owned and managed by the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai, an association of Japanese descendants, with the support of Japanese benefactors.
On July 31, Fumio Kishida, the Foreign Minister of Japan, conferred a certificate of commendation to MKD in recognition of its efforts in the promotion of Japanese Language Education in the Philippines, and its contribution to the enhancement of friendly relations between the two nations.
This certificate is awarded to individuals and organizations, which have contributed to the promotion of friendship and goodwill between Japan and other countries.