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  • 2018.11.27. Scholarship available in Japan

    Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2019

    Deadline: 12:00 GMT, Sunday, 16th December 2018

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  • 2018.10.31. Scholarships available in Japan

    1-GRIPS Master's and Ph.D. Programs Deadline: November 9, 2018

    2-IRCMS Biomedical Research Fellowship for International Students in Japan, 2019 Deadline: November 12, 2018

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  • 2018.10.27. The Embassy Attends the Canonization of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdamez

    Right is the Archbishop of Tokyo Arch Diocese, Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, left is the Ambassador of El Savaldor, H.E Martha Lidia Zalayandia and centre is Administrative Attaché Uganda Embassy Tokyo, Mrs. Teopista Kabahweza at Tokyo Cathedral after the Solemn Mass to celebrate the canonization of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdamez.

  • 2018.10.17. H.E. the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Commissions the Source of Nile New Bridge in Jinja, Uganda

    H.E. the President with the First Lady, the Ambassadors of the Embassy of Uganda to Japan and the Embassy of Japan to Uganda with Ugandan and Japanese Officials.

  • 2018.10.09. 56th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Uganda Celebration at Hotel Okura in Tokyo, Japan

    (From left to right) Parliamentary Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Guest of Honour - Mr. Yamada Kenji; Minister of State for International Affairs of Uganda - Hon. Henry Oryem Okello, who also delivered a speech during the event; Students from Kanrei Shirayuri Gakuen Elementary School, who sang the National Anthems of Uganda and Japan; and the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Japan - H.E. Betty Grace Akech Okullo.


    (Top left) H.E. Betty Grace Akech Okullo during her Welcome Remarks; (Top right) Mr. Yamada Kenji during the Guest of Honour's Speech; (Bottom left) Adviser to H.E. the President of Uganda, Mr. Iijima Isao during his Congratulatory Address; and Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Mihara Asahiko leading the Toast.


    Guests enjoying the sumptuous buffet prepared by Hotel Okura while watching and listening to the performance of the Misoshiru Family Band.


    Several flowers from various companies lined up the entrance of the reception hall to congratulate Uganda on its 56th Independence Anniversary.

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  • 2018.09.19 Uganda Business / Investment Seminar in Tokyo-25th September 2018

    Ms. Hope Waira, Senior Investment Promotion Officer of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), will be presenting Uganda's Business Environment and Opportunities (photo courtesy of UNIDO).

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Tokyo Office in partnership with the Embassy will be holding a Uganda Business / Investment Seminar in Tokyo on 25th September 2018 (Tuesday) from 15:00-17:00pm at 1F Annex Hall of the United Nations University Headquarters Building.

    Participation fee is free and the application form can be filled out from this link -

    For inquiries, please call Ms. Imazu Shimegatsu of (UNIDO) Tokyo Office at 03-6433-5520.

  • 2018.09.19 Tourism EXPO Japan 2018 - 20th to 23rd September 2018 - Tokyo Big Sight

    Please come and visit the Ugandan booth at the Tourism EXPO Japan from 20th to 23rd September 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight. Know more about Ugandan tourism from Uganda tour operators such as Bic Tours, MICE Uganda, Venture Uganda Travel, Bird Uganda Safaris and Palms Travel Bureau Ltd.

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  • 2018.09.10. Meeting with AFRECO

    Photo courtesy of AFRECO


    H.E.the Ambassador Betty Grace Akech-Okullo visited AFRECO and discussed a few matters towards TICAD 7, especially healthcare issues in Uganda. Makerere University and Fukui University have a well established history in this field, which we should continue for the future generation.

  • 2018.06.04. The Official Visit to Japan of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, Hon. Sam Kutesa

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Uganda and Japan, Hon. Sam Kutesa and Hon. Taro Kono, respectively, held a meeting in Tokyo on 4th June 2018. Hon. Kutesa is on an official visit to Japan from 3rd-8th June 2018 upon the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan.

    Hon. Kutesa with the Ambassadors of East African countries to Japan (H.E. Betty Grace Akech-Okullo of Uganda, H.E. Solomon Karanja Maina of Kenya, H.E. Venetia Sebudandi of Rwanda and H.E. Mathias Meinrad Chikawe of Tanzania), the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda (H.E. Kazuaki Kameda) and Embassy staff in a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador of Uganda.

    Hon. Kutesa with H.E. Ambassador Akech-Okullo during the briefing session.

    Hon. Kutesa with H.E. Ambassador Akech-Okullo and the staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Japan.

  • 2018.03.27. The Embassy Congratulates the March 2018 Graduates of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

    Left photo (from left to right): Dr. Edith Namutebi Nsubuga, Mr. Gabriel Etengu and Ms. Bella Murungi Dutki.

    Right photo: Dr. Edith Namutebi Nsubuga.

    Represented by its Financial Attache, Mr. Gabriel Etengu, the Embassy was present at the ceremony at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) on 27th March 2018 where two (2) Ugandan students including Dr. Edith Namutebi Nsubuga who graduated with a PhD in International Development Studies and Ms. Bella Murungi Dutki with a Masters' in Advanced Policy Studies. So far 28 Ugandan Students have graduated in policy-related studies from the same University.

  • 2018.03.26. The Embassy Congratulates the March 2018 Graduates of Meiji University

    Mr. Vialey Lutaaya (left photo) with other Africans living in Japan who gathered to celebrate with him (right photo).

    Represented by its Administrative Attache, Ms. Teopista Kabahweza, the Embassy was present at the Graduation Ceremony of Meiji University at Nippon Budokan on 26th March 2018 which included a Ugandan student, Mr. Vialey Lutaaya.

  • 2018.03.23. Meeting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo presenting a Ugandan waragi to the Director of International Planning for Construction Industry, Ms. Kazuko Ishigaki.

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo met with the Officials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan on 23rd March 2018 to discuss Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa on 3rd-4th May 2018.

    The Japan Government through MLIT would like to request the Ministry of Works and Transport Uganda through the Embassy to mobilize relevant Ugandan private companies to attend the Forum where about 20 JAIDA companies are expected to participate and where there will be a business matching session.

  • 2018.03.14. The Embassy Hosts a Dinner for the 4th Batch of Uganda ABE Initiative Students

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo (top photo, left center) and Embassy Officers with the 4th batch of ABE Initiative students.

    The Embassy hosted a dinner for the 4th batch of ABE Initiative students on 14th March 2018. Present during the dinner were Embassy Officials headed by H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo with Mr. Michael Katungye (Counselor) and Ms. Teopista Kabahweza (Administrative Attache).

  • 2018.03.05 Ugandan Police Force Receives Donated Fire Fighting Truck from Minamiashigara City of Japan

    The Uganda Police Force accepting the donated fire fighting truck from the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda (H.E. Kazuaki Kameda) and AIMEC Chief Executive (Mr. Kosuke Iwai) during the Handover Ceremony on 6th March 2018 in Kampala.

    The Uganda Police Force received the donated fire fighting truck from Minamiashigara City of Japan through the Executives of AIMEC in a handover ceremony held on 6th March 2018 in Kampala, Uganda.  This event was also attended by the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda (H.E. Kazuaki Kameda) and co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Diaspora/Protocol Departments) in collaboration with the Uganda Police Force.

    The donation aims to support the people of Uganda in prevention of fire incidences in the country. (Related story: 2017.12.10 Minamiashigara City of Japan Donates a Fire Fighting Truck to the Ugandan Police Force)

  • 2018.02.28 The Embassy Hosts Tour Operators' Seminar

    The Embassy hosted a Tour Operators' Seminar on 28th February 2018 at the Chancery organized by Mr. Shotaro Ogata of UTI Japan Co., Ltd. and the Embassy's Counselor, Mr. Michael Katungye to promote Uganda tourism. The seminar was attended by ten (10) Tour Operators who recognize Uganda's tourism potential.

    H.E. the Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo welcomed the Tour Operators back from their familiarization tour of Uganda and emphasised to the group why Uganda is the best tourist destination for Japanese tourists. She also invited the Tour Operators to prepare Uganda tour packages. Mr. Ogata made a presentation on Uganda through data and photos of the country's beautiful touristic spots. Each Tour Operator was also given chance to talk regarding Uganda's potential as part of their tour packages. Mr. Samuel Mugisha of BIC Tours in Uganda also participated through a video conference call. After the seminar, the group was offered Ugandan snacks which consist of dried pineapples and bananas, chocolate, coffee, tea and waragi.

    The Embassy and the organizers are looking forward to hold more tourism seminars in the future for targeted group of tour operators.

  • 2017.12.10 Minamiashigara City of Japan Donates a Fire Fighting Truck to the Ugandan Police Force

    1st Photo: Amb. Betty Grace Akech-Okullo with the Member of Parliament and Mayor of Minamiashigara City together with other Government Officials at the Fire Fighting Truck Handover Ceremony.

    2nd Photo: The fire fighting truck donated by Minamiashigara City to the Ugandan Police Force.

    Minamiashigara City of Japan donated a Fire Fighting Truck to the Uganda Police Force to support the people of Uganda in prevention of fire incidences in the country.  This donation has been an effort of AIMEC (Association of International Music Exchange for Children) who requested for it from the City Authority. 

    The City Authority in conjunction with AIMEC executive organized the handover ceremony on 10th December 2017 at the Minamiashigara City Office.  H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech-Okullo received the truck on behalf of the Government of Uganda and extended appreciation to the Donating City and AIMEC for their effort and commitment to acquire this Truck and for offering to ship it to the Port of Mombasa. 

    The handover ceremony which was hosted by the Mayor of Minamiashigara City, Mr. Kato Shugei, was witnessed by among others, high level leadership of the city which also included two Members of Parliament.

    The replica key was handed over to the Ambassador by the Mayor of Minamiashigara City.  In his speech, the Mayor informed us that the donation of this truck to the people of Uganda was a sign of his desire for the establishment of the people to people relations of the two countries from which further bilateral relations could develop. The Ambassador also made a presentation introducing Uganda as a tourism destination. After the presentation many Japanese including the Mayor were interested in visiting the country at one time.

    AIMEC is visiting Uganda in the first week of March 2018 to officially handover the fire fighting truck to the Ugandan Police Force.

  • 2017.12.03. Stephen Kiprotich Wins 2nd Place at the 71st Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship

    From left to right: Mr. Tatsumasa Oku, Coordinator of Izumisano City Programmes in Uganda; Ms. Christine Kalungi, Uganda Diaspora Japan (UDJ) Member, Mr. Kyeyune Livingstone, UDJ President; Mr. Stephen Kiprotich, 2012 London Summer Olympics Marathon Chamption; and Mr. Jesse Musinguzi, Third Secretary of the Embasy of Uganda in Japan.

    2012 London Summer Olympics Marathon Champion, Mr. Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, won 2nd Place at the 71st Fukuoka International Open Marathon 2017 held in Fukuoka on 3rd December 2017.

    Izumisano City is hosting Ugandan marathon runners for competitions in Japan, more importantly, the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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  • 2017.11.21-22. Japan Hosts the 2nd High Quality Infrastructure Dialogue Between Uganda and Japan

    The Signing Ceremony of the agreement of Strategic Mutual Cooperation.

    The 2nd High Quality Infrastructure Dialogue (HQID) was held on 21st and 22nd of November, 2017 at the Ministry of Lands Infrastructure and Tourism (MLIT), Tokyo, Japan.

    Part of the 2-day HQID was the 2nd Private-Public Conference for High Quality Infrastructure held on 21st November 2017. The conference was attended by the Minister and her delegation; the State Minister of MLIT, Hon. Takao Makino; MLIT officers; and companies from Uganda and Japan. It included the signing of the record of meetings in which both ministries agreed on concrete measures to take, in order to execute infrastructure projects in Kampala and Uganda as a whole. It continued with several sessions and ended with a business-to-business matching session where Ugandan private sector companies tried to forge partnerships with Japanese counterparts.

    The second part of the HQID on 22nd November 2017 began with a brief presentation at MLIT conveying the success stories of the Japanese Private Public Partnerships in road construction and infrastructure development. Later on, an excursion was organized to the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, where the delegation was shown the flood control mechanisms of Tokyo. Flood safety mechanisms were also illustrated and explained. The delegation was then privileged to visit some of the facilities and see firsthand how they work. The delegation’s next excursion was at the Sakai Heavy Industries in Kanagawa prefecture, where the delegation was given a brief tour of the facilities and shown their latest machinery.

  • 2017.11.20. Ugandan PhD Student of Tokyo University Wins the Green Talents Competition 2017 in Germany

    Ms. Precious Akampumuza, a Ugandan PhD student of Tokyo University, was selected to be one of the outstanding young researchers with potential in sustainable development, the winner of the Green Talents Competition 2017.

    The prestigious award was given by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany.

    Ms. Akampumuza is a doctoral degree student of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS–GLI), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in Tokyo University.

    Her research focuses on the effect of climate change on incidences of infectious diseases in Eastern Africa. The jury recognised a great deal of value in her research, especially given the potential benefit it can provide for decision-makers in Uganda.

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  • 2017.11.11-12. SEISA Africa Asia Bridge 2017

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo (left) at the opening ceremony.

    The Embassy participated in SEISA Africa Asia Bridge 2017 at Joseonakakyo Senior High School, Yokohama on 11th-12th November 2017.

    The international exchange event aims to become a "bridge" to connect countries with each other. One of the activities during the event was the presentation of participating countries where H.E. the Ambassador presented information about Uganda, its touristic features, economy and bilateral relations with Japan.

  • 2017.10.24. The Embassy Hosts the African Diplomatic Corps (ADC) Monthly Meeting for the Month of October

    The Embassy hosted the ADC Monthly Meeting for the month of October on 24th October 2017. Aside from the regular meeting agenda, a company called Teikoku-Shoin Co. Ltd. made a presentation. The company produces atlases for global understanding. They collect information about the countries to include in the atlases. The atlases are called collectively as "Door" which means "open your doors to the world".

  • 2017.10.14-15. CHIMERA Games Vol. 4

    Mr. Ousmane Sankhon, a Guinean tv personality based and famous in Japan, visited the Ugandan booth.

    The Embassy participated in CHIMERA Games Vol. 4 in Odaiba on 7th-9th October 2017.

    The event was organized by CHIMERA Union, which aims to support people to encounter diverse cultures and values, integrate mutually by providing real experiences and develop sustainable connection by building framework to allow these activities continuously. While the main showcase of the event was extreme sports, Embassies were also invited to exhibit to promote tourism and their diverse cultures.

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