Kitaoka who is on a visit to Rwanda between17th-21st July 2019 visited the memorial accompanied by JICA management in Rwanda.
They were taken through the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and laid wreaths to mass graves at the memorial.
President Kitaoka who visited the memorial for the second time said that he was deeply moved by history reflected at the memorial reminding him of what happened in his country 47 years ago.
At the time, Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities were bombed with atomic bombs following the 2ND World War killing 3,000 people.
“What happened is beyond imagination. I am however inspired by the way Rwandans and the Government of Rwanda overcome bad history to promote good politics that Rwanda has become a dignified country. They share this with Japanese people,” he said.
Kitaoka came to Rwanda following the visit of President Paul Kagame to Japan in January 2019 and held discussions on different areas supporting Rwanda’s development programs.
He is also expected to visit various projects supported by JICA in Rwanda including k-Lab, Fab-Lab, Rusumo International Bridge and One Stop Border Post (OSBP) as well as holding talks with President Kagame.