The Jakarta Post
Singer Andien (right) and Tulus (left) perform at the 2017 Java Jazz Festival. (Kompas.com/Andreas Lukas Altobeli)
Indonesian singer Tulus and a former member of platoon-sized girl band JKT48, Haruka Nakagawa, have been named Friendship Ambassadors between Indonesia and Japan by Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Masafumi Ishii.
The announcement took place during the closing night of the 2017 JakJapan Matsuri cultural festival at Wisma Aldiron field, South Jakarta, on Sunday.
“I’m very happy to be chosen as one of the Friendship Ambassadors between Indonesia and Japan,” Tulus told tempo.co. “Hopefully diplomatic relations between the two countries can grow closer in the future.”
Hari ini aku di pilih buat duta besar persahabatan 60 thahun Indonesia japan!senang sekali;)semoga Indonesia,japan tetap sahabat yang baik🙏🏻— Haruka Nakagawa 仲川遥香 (@Haruka_NKGW10) September 10, 2017
Haruka also shared her happiness on her Twitter account. “Today I was selected as [one of] the Friendship Ambassadors of the 60th year of the relations between Indonesia and Japan. I’m so happy,” Haruka wrote both in Japanese and Indonesian. “Hopefully Indonesia and Japan will always be good friends.”
Additionally, other renowned figures were also named Friendship Ambassadors, including Indonesian actress Yuki Kato, Persib Bandung football club player from Japan Shohei Matsunaga and Indonesian singer Andien.
“Hopefully, these members of the young generation can act as bridges to bring the relationship between Indonesia and Japan even closer,” said Ishii. (wir/kes)