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JICE Staff Run for Women and Children of Kenya with the First Lady

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On August 30, 2015, three JICE staff members joined the 5 kilometer jog around the Imperial Palace led by Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First lady of the Republic of Kenya together with many Kenyan students and business persons, the staff from JICA and health-related NGOs.

Following this symbolic jogging event, the First Lady’s Half Marathon (FLHM) 2016 was launched at near-by Hibiya Park with the attendance of the First Lady, His Excellency Mr. Solomon K. Maina, Kenya’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Norio Maruyama, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Africa Bureau, Ms. Keiko Sano, to-be-appointed Chief Representative of JICA in Kenya, and many other supporters.

FLHM is a well-known annual event in Kenya to raise awareness about child mortality and maternal health which is still a serious problem in Kenya and many countries in Africa. It is also intended to mobilize support to the First Lady’s “Beyond Zero Campaign” to raise fund to build maternity care clinics across the country.

Along with FLHM, the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) will be hosted by Kenya in 2016.

Edited by: -Aiichiro Yamamoto
Special Assistant to the President
-Yukako Ooka
Director for Public Relations,
General Affairs Department

Kenya’s First Lady Runs and Appeals for Zero Child Mortality

Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta ran a “marathon” around the Imperial Palace on August 30 to appeal support for her campaign for zero child mortality.

Mrs. Kenyatta, who had visited Japan to participate in the “World Assembly for Women” until August 29, started to run from Hibiya Park and jogged for five kilometers around the Imperial Place together with fifty-some Kenyan student and Japanese citizen runners.

After finishing the run, the First Lady greeted her co-runners and supporters by stating that we must keep mothers and children from preventable death while thanking the Japanese Government’s support for her campaign. She also appealed support for the First Lady’s Half Marathon to be held in Nairobi in 2016.

(excerpts from Japan’s leading sports daily, Sports Hochi August 31 edition)
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His Excellency Ambassador S.K. Maina, Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta and Mr. Norio Maruyama (from left)
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Mrs. Keniyatta and all her running mates
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Her Excellency Mrs. Kenyatta, (fourth from right) photographed with volunteer runners from JICA led by Ms. Keiko Sano, Chief Representative of JICA in Kenya to be appointed as of September 1, 2015 (far right)
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Her Excellency Mrs. Kenyatta (center), His Excellency Ambassador S. K. Maina (3rd from left), Mr. Paul K. Ndung’u, Minister/Counselor of Kenya Embassy (far left), Mr. Maruyama (4th from right), Ms. Sachiko Yamano, JICE President (3rd from right) Runners from JICE
Mr. Naomichi Uchida (right), Mr. Masato Nakagawa (Center), Mr. Takafumi Fukai (left)