New Japanese ambassador presents his credentials

A new ambassador has taken over representing his country of Japan just in time to be on the job when members of the royal family visit Costa Rica next month.

He is Yoshiharu Namiki, who has presented his credentials to René Castro Salazar, foreign minister.

New Japanese ambassador talks with René Castro. Photo: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto

The new ambassador was graduated from the University of Waseda with a degree in English. He entered his country’s diplomatic service in 1974, said the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, which released a brief biography.

He served in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela, the ministry said. He also was consul general for Japan in Miami, Florida, in 2009.

He replaces the popular Hidekazu Yamaguchi, who left Costa Rica in September.

In the middle of next month, the country will have an official visit from the Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan, the ministry noted.

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