The ambassador of Japan to Djibouti made a visit to Yamaguchi University and had talks with the President

 On Thursday, July 11 2019, His Excellency Mr. Koji Yonetani, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Djibouti made a courtesy visit to our university along with his wife. President Masaaki Oka, Vice President Kazuhiro Tanaka (in charge of Personnel Management, Regional Cooperation), Vice President Takamasa Fukuda (in charge of Academic and Student Affairs), and Advisor to the Vice President, Ikufumi Tomimoto, who is in charge of international cooperation, greeted them with a warm welcome.
 The Republic of Djibouti is 23,200 ㎡ in size (1.3 times as large as Shikoku), and is located at the Horn of Africa, facing the State of Eritrea to the north, Ethiopia to the west and south, and Somalia and other countries to the southeast. Ambassador Yonetani took up his post as ambassador of Japan to Djibouti in December, 2017. This time, he made a visit for the purpose of checking the condition of an international student (a research student) from Djibouti, who has been attending our university from April, 2019 by Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT)Scholarships, and had a talk with related personnel from our university.
 In the talk, an overview about our university was made by Vice President Tanaka, Vice President Fukuda, and Advisor to the Vice President, Tomimoto. An overview and matters about education concerning Djibouti were explained by Ambassador Yonetani. In addition, the international student from Djibouti reported her enrollment in the Graduate School of Innovation and Technology Management, starting from October, 2019. The atmosphere in the talk was relaxed from start to finish.

 In our university, the aforementioned student is the first international student from Djibouti, and in the wake of the ambassador's visit, it is expected that academic exchange, which has continued for 40 years since our diplomatic relations started, will become more active.