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Countries whith have accepted the "Stone for Peace"
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The Stone for Peace has been accepted by more than 100 countries around the world as a messenger appealing for world peace. The Stones are on display at museums or parks where they can easily catch people’s attention.
Africa Uganda, Rwanda, Mauritania, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Sudan,
Djibout, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Botswana
, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Senegal, Gabonese, Tunisia, Kenya, Tanzania, SouthAfrica,Egypt,Lesotho

Burkina Faso
■Area      274,000 km2
■Population  13,228,000 (2005 estimate)
■Capital    Ouagadougou
■Ethnic groups 63 ethnic groups among which are Mossi (almost half of the total population), Bobo, Mande, Lobi, Fulani, Gourounsi, and Senufo

Burkina Faso The ceremony was held at the Presidential Office in Ouagadougou. On hand were President Blaise Compaore and his wife, Cabinet members, ambassadors from various countries, people from UNESCO and others. A folklore show followed the ceremony.

■Area      118,484 km2
■Population  12,884,000 (July 2005 estimate)
■Capital    Lilongwe
■Ethnic groups Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European

Malawi A solemn ceremony was held at the Presidential Office in Blantyre, which has the biggest population in Malawi. President Bakili Muluzi, the minister of education, the ambassador of Japan and Cabinet members attended.

■Area      581,726 km2
■Population  1,639,833 (2006 estimate)
■Capital    Gaborone
■Ethnic groups Tswana 79%; Kalanga 11%; Kgalagadi, Herero, Bayeyi, Hambukush, Basarwa ("San"), Khoi, whites 10%

Botswana The Stone for Peace was placed in the National Museum of Botswana in Gaborone. President Festus Gontebanye Mogae, high government officials and others gathered. The ceremony was graced by impressive national art collections.

Cote d'Ivoire
■Area      322,460 km2
■Population  17,654,843 (2006 estimate)
■Capital    Yamoussoukro (de jure) Abidjan (de facto)
■Official languages French

Cote d'Ivoire The ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan with the attendance of President Laurent Gbagbo, the ambassador of Japan, heads of clans, Cabinet members and other prominent figures. It was a stately event with more than 100 attendants. A cocktail party followed where people had a chance to talk over the Stone for Peace. The delegation was invited to a private lunch with the president and the first lady after the ceremony.

■Area      801,590 km2
■Population  19,792,000 (July 2005 estimate)
■Capital    Maputo
■Ethnic groups Makua, Tsonga, Makonde, Shangaan, Shona, Sena, Ndau, and other indigenous groups, and approximately 10,000 Europeans, 35,000 Euro-Africans, and 15,000 South Asians.

Mozambique The president’s schedule is normally known only to a few senior officials, and a schedule open to the public or even to most government officials is false for security reasons. It was decided to stage the ceremony at the Presidential Office in Maputo less than half an hour ahead. President Joaquim Alberto Chissano accepted the Stone for Peace personally in the presence of a few witnesses, including the ambassador of Japan. The ceremony was followed by a friendly conversation with the president in a different room.

■Area      752,614 km2
■Population  11,668,000 (July 2005 estimate)
■Capital    Lusaka
■Ethnic groups More than 70 ethnic groups.

Zambia Open space in front of the National Museum in Lusaka was the venue of the ceremony. Diplomatic corps including a senior Embassy of Japan official, Cabinet members and local people as well as President Levy Miwanawasa attended. The Stone for Peace was placed in the museum.

■Area      1,246,700 km2
■Population  15,941,000 (2005 estimate)
■Capital    Luanda
■Ethnic groups Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mixed racial 2%, European 1%


Local musicians performed to welcome the guests and to celebrate the ceremony that was held in the front garden of the National Anthropologist Museum where armed guards were around. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the foreign minister and other influential people attended to witness the donation of the Stone for Peace. There was a friendly conversation with the president at a cocktail reception after the ceremony.

■Area      196,723 km2
■Population  11,658,000 (2005 estimate)
■Capital    Dakar
■Ethnic groups Wolof 43%; Fulani (Peulh) and Toucouleur 23%; Serer 15%; Diola, Mandingo, and others 19%


President Maitre Abdoulaye Wade personally accepted the Stone for Peace at the Presidential Office where a few senior government officials attended.

■Area      163,610 km2
■Population  10,102,000 (July 2005 estimate)
■Capital    Tunis
■Ethnic groups Arab-Berber 98%, European 1%, other 1%


The ceremony was held as part of an anniversary celebration of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s inauguration. There were more than 1,000 selected guests who shared the president’s words to pray for peace and witnessed the Stone for Peace.

■Area      580,367 km2
■Population  31,138,735 (8 February 2007 census)
■Capital    Nairobi
■Major ethnic groups  Kikuyu 22%, Luyia 14%, Luo 14%, Kalenjin 11%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 5%

Kenia Prior to the ceremony, President Mwai Kibaki invited the Hiroshima delegation to his executive office and earnestly asked the details of the meaning of the Stone for Peace as well as our wish for peace. He eventually showed his full support. The ceremony was organized in a special room in the Presidential Palace where only selected people such as high government officials and the ambassador of Japan attended.

■Area      945,087 km2
■Population  34,443,603 (2002 census)
■Capital    Dar es Salaam (traditional capital)
        Dodoma (location of legislature)
■Official languages Swahili (de facto)

Tanzania The Stone for Peace was sent to then President Ali Hassan Mwini in September 1993 and had waited for a formal donation ceremony. In December 2005, a ceremony was realized thanks to the warm cooperation of the Embassy of Tanzania in Japan. The venue was the Presidential Palace where the first lady and some 100 attendants, including a senior Embassy of Japan official and Tanzanian government officials attended the ceremony.

South Africa
■Area      1,221,037 km2
■Population  47,432,000 (2005 estimate)
■Capital    Pretoria (executive) Bloemfontein (judicial) Cape Town (legislative)
■Official languages Afrikaans,English,Southern Ndebele,Northern Sotho,Sotho,Swati,Tsonga,Tswana,Venda,Xhosa,Zulu

South Africa In November 1995, then President Nelson Mandela agreed to accept the Stone for Peace, and it was sent to South Africa. But setting up the date of a ceremony had been extremely difficult mainly because of the president’s busy schedule. After more than 10 years, the donation ceremony was realized with the attendance of Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in Umtata where Mr. Mandela resides. Though he could not attend the ceremony because of his physical condition, the ceremony drew a few hundred people including heads of clans and other figures of prominence. It was accented by local songs and dancing, followed by a hearty luncheon.

■Area      1,002,450 km2
■Population  82,999,000 (2009 estimate)
■Capital    Cairo
■Major ethnic groups  99% Egyptians, 0.9% Nubians, 0.1% Greeks

Egypt Stone for Peace presented to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A presentation ceremony was held at the Opera House in Cairo where Senior Vice Minister received the Stone for Peace on behalf of the President. Many VIPs attended the ceremony.

■Area      30,355 km2(0.7 times of Kyushu island)
■Population  2.2 Million (World Bank 2016)
Ratio of population increase: 1.3% (World Bank 2016)
■Capital    Maseru
■Major ethnic groups  Basotho

lesotho On the occasion of the official visit of the King of Lesotho, Letsie III and Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso to Japan, the hand-over ceremony was held in a solemn atmosphere in Tokyo. Among the attendees there were Minister of Insurance, Minister of Trade and Industry from Lesotho, Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, Government officials from both countries.
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