The new head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has arrived in Japan for a two-day visit, during which he will highlight the country’s strong support for the protection of child rights.“The Japanese Government and the Japanese people are firm supporters of UNICEF’s mission to help improve the lives of children in need,” said Executive Director Tony Lake.“Protecting children’s rights is a global responsibility that can only be met by strong partnerships like that which exists between UNICEF and Japan,” he added.Japan is among UNICEF’s top ten government donors, and private donations by Japanese people, made through the country’s National Committee, total more than the agency receives from the citizens of any other country. While in Tokyo, Mr. Lake will meet with Crown Prince Naruhito, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, as well as senior Government officials, parliamentarians and other dignitaries.He will also meet with some of UNICEF’s partners, supporters and volunteers to thank them for their engagement, and pay a special visit to Japan’s National Committee. Among his other activities, Mr. Lake is scheduled to meet with Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and a former President of UNICEF’s Executive Board, who is currently the head of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). They are expected to discuss joint efforts to promote children’s issues. 11 May 2010The new head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has arrived in Japan for a two-day visit, during which he will highlight the country’s strong support for the protection of child rights.