Bungo Mokuzai Ichiba Inc. is looking for 1(one) student, who will be able to study and research at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), in Beppu, Oita Prefecture from September 2020, for 4(four) years http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/admissions/

Academic Background:

The student must be a high school graduate and have academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese high school graduate (has completed or will complete a 13-year school curriculum in Fiji) and  born on or before 2 April 2001 (18-year-old by the time he enters the University).

The student must be willing to learn the Japanese language, interested in Japan and enthusiastic about deepening his understanding of Japan after arriving, and capable of engaging in study and exchange programmes in particular sports (rugby), cultural and people-to-people while adapting himself to live in Japan.

Term of Scholarship:

The term of scholarship shall be for 4 (four) years only. Monthly allowance may be provided as well.


1.) Send us your recent Curriculum Vitae (CV), Teacher’s Reference together with Year 12 and Year 13 School Report, and Family Background which explains why you should be selected for this scholarship.

Closing Date of Applications: 30 November 2019

2.) The shortlisted students by the sponsor, will be sent the University Applications Forms to fill and submit directly to the University by December 2019.

Emails are to be addressed to Ms. Kelera Savu, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo on Kelera.Savu@fijiembassy.jp

Commissioning of Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Osaka Prefecture, for the Kansai Region

The Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo successfully commissioned Mr. Takanori OKADA as Fiji’s Honorary Consul for the Kansai Consular District, resident in Osaka City on Monday, 19 August 2019. Mr. Okada’s appointment will cover the Kansai Consular District, which consists of seven large prefectures in western Japan.

Fiji now has 5 Honorary Consuls in Japan, resident in five different Prefectures.


For contact information:

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Fiji in Osaka
Precio Shin Osaka 501, 2-11-22 Miyahara, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka.
Post Code: 532-0003
Tel. 06-6396-3910
Mr. OKADA Takanori, Honorary Consul.

Ambassador Mataitoga hosted to a Welcome Reception [Kamaishi & Miyako City]

Whilst in Kamaishi, Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga was also hosted to a welcome reception on Thursday, 6 June 2019 evening. Attendees included the Mayor of Kamaishi city, Mayor of Miyako city, Senior city officials of both cities, and friends of Fiji who all enjoyed the dinner. About 20 attended the two-hour reception.

The evening reception is hoped to inspire others to derive new openings of exchange ties, and in particular to what that can be exchanged between Kamaishi, Miyako, and Fiji. Mayor Noda of Kamaishi while officiating added that “I hope you have the chance to build deeper relationships with the Members of our Rugby World Cup community this evening, and further develop ties with Kamaishi, Miyako, and Iwate ahead of a successful Rugby World Cup”. The Mayor also stressed how the owner of Houraikan Inn experienced significant damage from the earthquake and tsunami but was able to be rebuilt through the great effort of its owner and staff.

The Ambassador, in his remarks, expressed profound gratitude for both the Mayors of Kamaishi and Miyako and Iwate Prefecture as well as all those involved in the building and strengthening the Fiji-Japan relationship in Iwate. Ambassador Mataitoga also underscored his visit to Abashiri, and Sapporo and how rugby a base has also seen Fiji’s genuine connections with other prefectures and cities in Japan. The growing bond between Fiji and the regional part of Japan in recent times, and now with Miyako as the second official campsite and Kamaishi as the official match venue for our team, seals the initial establishment of Fiji-Kamaishi, Miyako and Iwate exchanges. The need to further promote economic, commercial, and people-to-people relations between the two countries was also stressed.

Ambassador Mataitoga flanked by Kamaishi Mayor Noda (left) and Miyako Mayor Yamamoto (right)

Ambassador Mataitoga further thanked Kamaishi and Miyako Mayors respectively for their tremendous support and assistance in molding together a very successful visit itinerary. He also assured the Mayor of the Fiji Embassy Tokyo`s commitment and support towards a successful visit program and the official camp of our Flying Fijians in Iwate Prefecture.


  1. Ambassador Mataitoga pays courtesy call on Kamaishi City Mayor

Mayor Noda and Ambassador Mataitoga

On Friday, 7 June 2019, HE Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga paid a courtesy call on His Worship Takenori Noda, Mayor of Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture. The call is aimed at encouraging both parties to work cooperatively for the promotion of the 2019RWC and its exchange opportunities. 

At the outset, Mayor Noda thanked the Ambassador for visiting Kamaishi city, to which the Ambassador also proceeded to convey his deepest condolences and sympathies to all those affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which claimed numerous victims and caused devastating damages. The Mayor further thanked Fiji and the rest of the world for their support and help after the devastating disasters, and stressed that it’d been eight years since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Ambassador Mataitoga and Mayor Noda discussed various areas which included Kamaishi hosting the Pacific Nations Cup on 27 July 2019; the 2019RWC match between Fiji and Uruguay at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium; sports, education, and cultural exchanges and tourism promotional activities. The Ambassador also sought the support of Mayor Noda in developing community-to-community relations between the people of Kamaishi and Fiji, through tourism promotion, study tours for school students from Kamaishi to visit Fiji. This, after all, is part of the PALM 8 Iwaki Declaration, and in particular the Local Government Networking Framework – increasing exposure and people to people exchanges between Japan and Fiji/PICs.

Ambassador Mataitoga also cited ongoing successful exchanges between Fiji and Saga, Oita and Akita, and Takanezawa machi of Tochigi Prefecture respectively. Fiji’s interest in attracting tourists from Kamaishi was noted, particularly given information re resumption of Nadi-Narita direct flights from 3 July 2018, Fiji needs the regional connections to be made in such a way that will allow an increasing number of visitors from Japan.

Mayor Noda expressed his support and confidence that the friendly exchanges between Fiji and Kamaishi city would be further enhanced. He then thanked the Ambassador for visiting and for promoting close cooperation ties between Fiji and Kamaishi, Iwate.

  • Site Visits

Later in the afternoon on Friday, 7 June 2019, Ambassador Mataitoga visited Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in Kamaishi city, Iwate prefecture, the second match venue for the match between the Flying Fijians and Uruguay.

Located in Unosumai Kamaishi, Iwate, the stadium offers a seating capacity of about 16,000, which will be completed this year, before the RWC match. As stressed by Mayor Noda, the beautiful stadium, completed with the support and vision of so many people, is a dream come true. It is noted that the stadium has been built on the former grounds of the Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School and Unosumai Elementary School. All six hundred students at school at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami survived. As described by the guide, the stadium which stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the people of Kamaishi city is hoped to also act as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. The people of Kamaishi are excited and looking forward to the two matched that will be hosted in Kamaishi during the 2019RWC, i.e., Fiji vs. Uruguay (25/Sept.), and Namibia vs. Canada (13/Oct.).