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Fijian Rugby Promoted at Flying Fijians Host City

Ambassador Mataitoga while speaking at the Fiji Promotion Seminar at Abashiri City in Hokkaido, Japan

A Fijian Promotion Seminar was recently held in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Host City, Abashiri City in Hokkaido, Japan. This in the bid to provide information on Fiji, focused on sports and culture.  About 196 senior city officials, representatives of the sports association, business sector, and interested individuals from Abashiri attended the seminar.
The event was officially opened by His Worship Mayor Yoichi Mizutani providing an overview of the initial relationship between Fiji and Abashiri, rugby promotion and Abashiri getting ready to host the Flying Fijians Team in September 2019.

This was followed by opening remarks from Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan, H.E Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga expressing profound gratitude to Mayor Yoichi and his teams commitment towards strengthening Fiji-Japan relationship in Abashiri, Hokkaido. Ambassador Mataitoga also spoke on the importance of rugby as being the key to promoting Sports Diplomacy between Fiji and Japan.

The growing bond between Fiji and Hokkaido in recent times following the establishment of Fiji’s Honorary Consulate in Ebestu, and now with Abashiri as the first official camp site and Sapporo as the official match venue for Fiji team, seals the initial establishment of Fiji-Abashiri exchanges. The need to further promote economic, investment and people-to-people links between the two countries was also emphasized.

The seminar then heard a detail presentation from First Secretary Kelera Savu on Fiji’s Overview, History of Fiji Rugby and the Fiji Embassy Tokyo (FET) Outreach Activities, further expanding Fiji’s footprint throughout Japan.
The FET Outreach Activities and Fiji Tourism Promotion 2019 initiatives during the Rugby World Cup (September-October) were also elaborated to the participants. And they were also encouraged to support the efforts of the FET, now with the resumption of the Nadi-Narita direct flights.

Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Ebetsu Mr. Chikayuki Shimizu also shared his experience and the role he plays in further supporting the Fiji Embassy Tokyo’s outreach activities and effort in deepening Fiji-Japan relations throughout Japan. The Abashiri Board of Education Superintendent Mr. Masaaki Mishima concluded by acknowledging the support of all the officials and in particular Ambassador Mataitoga for gracing Abashiri City with his presence.

The seminar also provided an opportunity for Ambassador Mataitoga to express sincere appreciation towards Japan’s support in the preparation and arrangement of receiving and hosting the Flying Fijians Team during the Rugby World Cup 2019. The seminar is the first of it’s kind that enabled Fiji Embassy efforts to promote Fiji directly to the citizens of Abashiri City, Haokkaido.

FPS in Abashiri
 Following the Seminar; FS Savu, Ambassador Mataitoga and HC Shimizu at the Fiji Promotion Seminar at Abashiri City in Hokkaido, Japan





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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.


Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.


The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.



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