“His legacy will be remembered fondly by Ghana, Africa and the world at large for a long time to come,” Mr Mahama said in a statement.
“As President of Ghana, through my side meetings with him at international conferences and two official visits to Japan, I found him to be a leader passionate about opening up Japan’s role on the world stage, inclusive of expanding Japan-Africa relations,” Mr Mahama said.
“I recall our last meeting in May of 2016, which led to the official publication of the restoration of the Yen loan portfolio to Ghana and the announcement of Japan’s commitment to assist Ghana with a number of important new and ongoing projects”.
He said these included the Tema motorway interchange project, expansion of the Sekondi fishing harbour, expansion and upgrade of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research into an Advanced Research Centre for Infectious Diseases, and the construction of a new bridge over the Southern Volta river at Volvo.
“At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family and the Japanese people in the wake of this senseless crime.”