On 12 August 2015, H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Ambassador of Thailand to Japan hosted a dinner at the Thai Residence to express his congratulations to H.E. Mr. Chikao Kawai, on the assumption of the Grand Chamberlain to H.M. the Emperor, The Imperial Household Agency. H.E. Mr. Chikao Kawai was a government official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and was Director of the First Southeast Asia Division being responsible for regional countries, including Thailand. He was also Cabinet Secretary, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Grand Master of the Ceremonies for the Imperial Household Agency.