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This year marks the 105th anniversary of the donation of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington D.C. by Ozaki Yukio in 1912 when he was Mayor of Tokyo. As in previous years, the 2017 Cherry Blossom Queen, who is selected annually during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., visited Japan as the U.S. goodwill ambassador.

After meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Governor of Tokyo and the House Speaker, the 2017 Cherry Blossom Queen and chaperone visited Ise, Mie Prefecture of Central Japan, accompanied by Mr. Takaaki Ishida, Secretary General of Ozaki Yukio Memorial Foundation which hosted the delegation together with NPO Gakudo Kofu June 4-6, 2017.

Vesna Peric Zimonjic with Katsuhiro Asagiri in Belgrade

The International Press Syndicate (INPS) Group's Multimedia Director Katsuhiro Asagiri, who is also President of INPS Japan, travelled to Belgrade on way back from Vienna to Tokyo from May 13-17, 2017, where he visited our colleague and had some other meetings.

We are delighted that Vesna Peric Zimonjic has agreed to join the INPS Board as Director for Southeastern Europe, comprising Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Ramesh Jaura with Ambassador Salah Abdel Shafi

IDN-INPS DG and Editor-in-Chief Ramesh Jaura met Ambassador Salah Abdel Shafi from the Mission of the State of Palestine to Austria & Slovenia and the Permanent Observer Mission to UN and International Organisations in Vienna met during the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference from May 2-12 in Vienna.

From left to right: Ramesh Jaura, Alyn Ware and Katsuhiro Asagiri

Eminent disarmament campaigner Alyn Ware, Founder and Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) attended the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference from May 2-12 in Vienna. INPS multimedia director and President of INPS Japan joined IDN-INPS DG and Editor-in-Chief Ramesh Jaura at a meeting with Alyn Ware and invited him to a video interview.

Ramesh Jaura (left) with Daryl Kimball (right)

Daryl Kimball, the Executive Director of the Washington-based Arms Control Association (ACA), was in Vienna in the second week of the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference from May 2-12. IDN-INPS DG and Editor-in-Chief Ramesh Jaura discussed with him the status of negotiations on May 9 and invited him to a video interview which was recorded by the INPS multimedia director Katsuhiro Asagiri.

Ramesh Jaura (left) with the Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (right)

IDN-INPS DG and Editor-in-Chief Ramesh Jaura had a brief meeting in Vienna with the Mayor of Hiroshima, Mr. Kazumi Matsu, on May 8 during the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Dr. Kairat Umarov with Ramesh Jaura

IDN-INPS Editor-in-Chief and Director-General Ramesh Jaura had a stimulating meeting with Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Dr. Kairat Umarov, on February 8, 2017 at the Central Asian country's Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.

Before moving to New York, he was in Washington serving as Ambassador to the U.S. since January 2013 – after serving as Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister since 2009. Prior to the Deputy Foreign Minister's post, Dr. Umarov was Ambassador to India and Sri Lanka for five years.

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