Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Kikuta Yutaka visited Prime Minister Sheru Bhadur Deuba at the latter’s official residence in Kathmandu.
Ambassador Kikuta personally congratulated Prime Minister Deuba on his appointment and receiving a vote of confidence in Parliament. The ambassador presented a congratulatory letter from Japanese Prime Minister Sugi Yoshihide.
Deuba expressed deep gratitude to his Japanese counterpart for his congratulations. According to a press release from the Japanese Embassy, Ambassador Kikuta and Prime Minister Deuba exchanged views on bilateral relations. Special attention was paid to the problems of economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. The year 2022 marks the 120th anniversary of the beginning of student exchanges between Japan and Nepal.
Ambassador Kikuta noted that Japan is working closely with Nepal to improve the living standards of Nepalis. Japan is also ready to help Nepal with health care during the COVID-19 pandemic Nepal expressed “deep gratitude” to Japan for its assistance during the pandemic.
Japan donated about 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVAX vaccine to Nepal. Nepali hospitals received equipment from Japan as part of a joint effort to fight the pandemic. This is a reflection of the two countries’ long-standing friendship.
Prime Minister Deuba expressed appreciation for Japan’s cooperation, including the supply of the vaccine, the embassy said.
Ambassador Kikuta emphasized the special closeness between Japan and Nepal based on a long-term partnership. He hoped to continue fruitful cooperation in the form of student exchanges and internships once the COVID-19 situation normalizes.
In late December 2019, Chinese authorities reported an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. Experts tentatively determined that the causative agent was a new type of coronavirus, 2019-nCoV (later called SARS-CoV-2). On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which by that point had affected 118,000 people in 114 countries.