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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fiji

 Fiji - Japan Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

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Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Isikeli Mataitoga at the Akita City, Japan while speaking at the official launching of the Fiji-Akita Friendship Association at Akita City, Japan

The relations between Fiji and Japan will further deepen through Fiji-Akita Friendship Association which was officially launched recently by the Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Isikeli Mataitoga at the Akita City, Japan.

The Fiji-Akita Friendship Association fulfills the role of business councils in other countries and it aspires to provide development opportunities in areas of private scholarships, work placements and upskilling opportunities for young Fijians in blue-collar industries.
In his address to the Convention, Ambassador Mataitoga paid high tribute to the work of Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Akita City Mr Hiroki Miura whose untiring effort since his appointment has led to cultural exchange programs and visits by the Fijian students and dignitaries to Akita City over the last few years.
Ambassador Mataitoga expressed gratitude to the Governor Satake, Mayor Nozomi and members who are strong in their support for Fiji-Akita relations to develop further.

He said that with the Flying Fijian Rugby Team being host in Akita City for its pre-tournament training for the World Rugby Championship 2019 through the generous financial support and sponsorship of City Council and businesses, the future of Fiji-Akita relations will grow and diversify in investment areas.
Ambassador Mataitoga informed the gathering that the Fijian Government, through Fiji Embassy in Tokyo (FET) and with support from certain businesses of the Fijian Tourism Sector will be undertaking Fiji tourism and cultural promotion events that will coincide with the Flying Fijian Rugby Team being hosted in the Akita City for their pre-tournament training in September 2019.
Ambassador Mataitoga described this as an opportunity to widen scope of cooperation efforts to include trade, investment and business development between Akita and Fiji.

To promote awareness of what Fiji has to offer to Akita, the FET will hold a Fiji Trade, Investment and Business Development Seminar, in Akita City to address the specific interests of the members of the business communities of Akita City and Akita Prefecture in September 2019. This would be a platform to showcase and promote the Fijian Made products.
The Fiji-Akita Friendship Association Launch was attended by the High level dignitaries of Japan that included Mr Norihisa Satake, Governor of Akita Prefecture, Mr Motomu Hozumi, Mayor of Akita City, Hon Hiroyuki Togashi, Member of House of Representatives of Japan, Hon Matsuji Nakaizumi, Member of the House of Councillors of Japan and Hon Hiroo Ishii, Member of the House of Councillors of Japan.
It also included the 75 company directors and senior representative of companies and various businesses representatives who have signed up as members of the Fiji-Akita Friendship Association.





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