By Ari Hirayama, staff writer
Ambassadors from seven Central American nations delivered coffee from their countries to local healthcare workers in the municipalities slated to host their athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As a number of Central American countries share September 15 as their day of independence, Nicaraguan Ambassador Rodrigo Coronel (44) felt it would be a great opportunity to express gratitude for the economic assistance and support Japan provided their countries. Honduran Ambassador Héctor Palma (44) suggested sending coffee to hospitals in host towns that they have built relationships with.
Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Ecuador, and Costa Rica joined the initiative to each send 1,500 cups of their countries’ coffee, 10,500 cups total, to eight host towns in Gunma, Nagano, Nara, Hiroshima, and Ehime Prefectures.
Ambassador Coronel said, “We hope our coffee gives doctors and nurses a moment of relaxation and refreshment in their busy days battling against the novel coronavirus.”
A ceremony held in Tokyo on September 15 was joined by the ambassadors and residents of the host towns who participated online.
On September 25, Ambassador Coronel took the coffee to Tomioka General Hospital, a public hospital in Tomioka city, Gunma Prefecture. “The coffee has a strong acidity and is very refreshing. We are grateful and encouraged they are thinking of us,” a doctor said afterward.