The “Rainbow for Tomorrow”, a special song written and sung by Ms. MINAMINO Yoko, a Japanese renowned singer and actress, for the friendship between Cambodia and Japan was handed over here this afternoon to Cambodia.
H.E. Ms. Tuot Panha, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and H.E. MIKAMI Masahiro, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia presided over the handover ceremony.
Addressing the function, H.E. Ms. Tuot Panha said the song truly reflects the reality of Cambodia in the late 1980s and the gradual transformation for development of the country, as well as people-to-people close connections between the two countries.
“I am confident that many Cambodian people will also be deeply touched by this wonderful song, which will also help promote the long-lasting bond of friendship between the peoples of Cambodia and Japan,” she said.
The secretary of state thanked H.E. MIKAMI Masahiro and his colleagues for their efforts to obtain the copyrights of the Song. She also conveyed through the ambassador the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC)’s sincere appreciation to Ms. MINAMINO and the Japanese TV company for authorising the video clip of the Song to be posted on Social Network Service of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and to be broadcasted on TV stations registered with the RGC.
“I also highly appreciate the kind video message from Ms. MINAMINO addressed to Samdech Techo Prime Minister, and I can assure that MFAIC will forward this message along with a letter from Ambassador MIKAMI to Samdech Prime Minister at the earliest,” she continued.
For his part, H.E. MIKAMI Masahiro expressed his belief that the history of relations between Cambodia and Japan is based on people-to-people exchanges and feelings of mutual respect for each other.
“From this perspective, I feel that ‘Rainbow for Tomorrow’ reminds us of our friendship and how it will continue into the future. 1 therefore hope that many Cambodian people will watch and listen to, and enjoy, this song and video,” he underlined.
The “Rainbow for Tomorrow” had touched the heart of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, when it was kindly introduced to him at the dinner hosted by H.E. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, on April 23 in Kumamoto city, Japan, on the sideline of the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit. In response, Samdech Techo Prime Minister had sent an appreciation letter to Ms. MINAMINO Yoko for her impressive Song.
Ms. MINAMINO first visited Cambodia in 1989, before the Japanese Embassy had reopened in Phnom Penh, as part of a TV project, and she visited Cambodia again in 2013.
Cambodia and Japan will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations next year.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press