On 19th of August, Ambassador OKA invited Y.B. Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) to his residence. Ambassador OKA and Minister Zulkifli exchanged greetings of Maal Hijrah (the beginning of the Islamic New Year) and Ambassador OKA served to Minister Zulkifli Japanese cuisine using ingredients with halal certification of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) or of Japanese halal certification institutions recognised by JAKIM. Both sides confirmed to continue to cooperate in the field of halal industry.
Furthermore, Mrs OKA performed demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony as an introduction of Japanese culture, and served matcha (green tea) to Minister Zulkifli.