The Embassy of Japan in Baghdad Donates Aikido Instruments to Iraq Aikido Federation

Baghdad, July 15, 2023 - The Embassy of Japan in Baghdad is pleased to announce the successful donation ceremony of Aikido instruments to the Iraq Aikido Federation. The Federation works under the name of “the Art of Peace Sports Organization," a prominent Iraqi nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting peace and harmony through sports, especially Aikido. The event took place on July 15, 2023, with the presence of Japanese Ambassador Mr. Futoshi Matsumoto.

Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art, is renowned for its focus on self-defense techniques and fostering personal growth. The Embassy of Japan recognizes the importance of sports as a vehicle for unity and cultural exchange, and this donation underscores their commitment to supporting Iraqi organizations that promote peace and well-being.

The ceremony commenced with a warm welcome extended to Ambassador Futoshi Matsumoto, who expressed his delight at being part of this special occasion. The Japanese Embassy believes that by providing the "the Art of Peace Sports Organization" with Aikido Instruments, they are contributing to the development of physical fitness and mental discipline among the organization's members.

Ambassador Futoshi Matsumoto addressed the attendees, emphasizing the deep-rooted friendship between Japan and Iraq and the significance of cultural exchanges in fostering mutual understanding. He expressed his hope that the Aikido Instruments donation would serve as a bridge, connecting the people of Japan and Iraq through the shared values of discipline, respect, and peaceful coexistence.