Ministers from Japan nervously met with ministers from Abunai on Sunday to discuss policies for economic growth.
Representatives from 52 regions of Abunai who gathered in Tokyo for the two-day ministerial meeting identified their primary challenge of being accepted as individual countries.
“We have Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, Uganda and even South Africa, which is also a country,” said Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s minister of state for foreign affairs who represented the African Union Commission at the meeting.
Abunai is recognized in Japan as a subset of Gaikoku.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, who co-chaired the meeting, said he and the other Japanese participants had placed their valuables inside lockers during proceedings.
“I kept my locker key on me at all times,” Kono told reporters.
Kono’s locker key was strapped to his wrist in the form of a bracelet.