Hon.Dr.Luveni Leads Fiji Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum on Global Health

Speaker of Parliament, the Hon.Dr.Jiko Luveni led a high-level delegation from Fiji that visited Japan during the month, to attend the 3rd Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum on Global Health Forum held from 23-25 August, 2017 in Tokyo.  Members of the delegation included the Health Minister, Hon.Rosy Akbar and Member of Parliament, the Hon.Anare Vadei.

Fiji’s delegation; Hon.Luveni, HonAkbar and Hon.Vadei among Parliamentarians partcipants at the 2-day Global Health Forum

The Forum on Global Health provides a platform for parliamentarians from 30 countries to exchange ideas in promoting action for achieving health targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (2030 SDGs), particularly through accelerating actions in priority issues like NCDs and healthy ageing.

 

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Bilateral Talks – Hon.Speaker Dr.Jiko Luveni Meets with Hon.Tadamori Oshima

The Honorable Dr Jiko Luveni Speaker of the Fijian Parliament  had a meeting with her Japanese counterpart, the Honorable Mr Tadamori Oshima the Speaker of the House of Representative of the Japanese Diet in Tokyo on 23 August 2017.

The Hon.Dr.Luveni was in Tokyo, Japan, leading the Fiji Parliamentary delegation to the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum on Global Health, and also took the opportunity to pay a courtesy  call on her counterpart.

The two leaders exchanged comments covering several issues and the role of Parliamentarians in promoting these issues.

 

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Bilateral Talks – Attorney General Meets Hon.Odagawa

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Hon.Aiayaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Hon.Odawara

Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister for Economy, the Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met with Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Kiyoshi Odawara.  Fiji’s presidency of COP23 – the ongoing UN climate negotiations – was the focus of talks in Tokyo on 2 May 2017, between the two Ministers.

The AG – who is the Minister responsible for Climate Change – echoed the Prime Minister’s call for Fiji’s development partners to do everything possible to support Fiji’s presidency on behalf of Pacific island nations and other vulnerable nations of the world.

He also expressed Fiji’s desire to see Japan play a significant role in supporting Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency.

 

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Rugby Exchange – QVS U18 Rugby Team Welcomed in Saga City

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HE Mataitoga and QVS team/officials with their hosts – Saga Prefecture (officials)

The QVS U18 Rugby Team was welcomed at Saga City by Governor Yamaguchi and Mayor Sato, and later hosted by the two Prefectural Officials to a welcome dinner on Monday 24 April 2017. The team was representing Fiji at the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament that was held in Fukuoka, Japan from 28 April to 5 May 2017. This is the second year that a Team from Fiji, and QVS for that matter, have been invited to the tournament.

In January this year the Governor of Saga Prefecture, Japan, Mr Yoshinori YAMAGUCHI and a delegation of senior officials from Saga visited QVS to see first-hand the rehabilitation work at the school after the devastation of TC Winston in February 2016.

The QVS Group was made up of 30 student players and 4 officials, led by school Principal, Mr Seru Banuve.

The Saga Prefectural Government hosted the QVS team for one week prior to the commencement of the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament in Fukuoka, allowing the team to acclimatize, at the same time participate in cultural exchanges with Saga Schools and communities.

The exchange is part of the program that the Fiji Embassy in Japan has been developing with a few Japanese Prefectures, as part of the Sports/Cultural Diplomacy in the lead up to the 2019 WRC in Japan and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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FET at the 41st Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) Charity Bazaar – 2017

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Madame Mataitoga with Ms Fiji 2017 – Ms Valkyrie Joana Yoko KEKSTADT, whose mother is a Fiji national

The Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) comprising of spouses of Ambassadors from Asia-Pacific countries based in Tokyo and the Japanese ladies hosted its annual “Charity Bazaar” at the ANA Inter-Continental Hotel, Tokyo on Wednesday, 19th April 2017. The event was officiated by HIH Princess Hanako Hitachi. With 23 member countries from the Asia Pacific region and a general membership of over 300, the bazaar provided a good opportunity for the public to witness the fruit and efforts of diplomatic and Japanese members of ALFS working together. Proceeds from the charity event are shared amongst participating countries for charitable assistance in their home countries.

 

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Madame Venina Mataitoga greeted HIH Princess Hanako Hitachi at the Fiji Handicraft booth and introduced Her Imperial Highness to the various products offered by our booth. Fiji’s participation included a Fiji Food booth and a separate booth for Handicraft goods. Fiji brand commodities like AQUA Pacific water, Island Chill Water, Pure Fiji and Virgin Coconut Oil products generated quite a lot of interest.

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FET – Food Booth

The yearly occasion remains as a tremendous opportunity to market Fiji in terms of tradable commodities and Fiji as a tourist destination. The Embassy is truly grateful for the assistance from Fiji friends who volunteered to assist at the Fiji booths and all to those that purchased the FET – ALFS Charity Bazaar 2017 Door and Raffle tickets. The four-hour event was enjoyed by everyone who attended.

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Consultations with JEVIC Co.Ltd

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HE Mr Isikeli Mataitoga visited the Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Center Co. Ltd. (JEVIC) on Tuesday, 7th February 2017, and met with Mr Damon Jackson, President and CEO of JEVIC at the company Head Office Yokohama.

Also attending the meeting were were Mr Yasuhiro hayakawa, Director and General Manager, Mr Aaron Treadaway and Mr Lee Sayer IT & Public Relations Manager from JEVIC, while Ms Kelera Savu, Second Secretary accompanied Ambassador Mataitoga.

JEVIC is a Japanese-registered company whose business activities include pre-shipment inspection and certification of cargo. JEVIC services are primarily for used-vehicle inspection and extend to vessels, containers and new vehicles, and they provide independent pre-shipment inspections, surveys, verification` and certifications. JEVIC currently inspect/certifies all used vehicles currently being imported into Fiji from Japan.

The visit was an opportunity for the FET to see first hand the inspection site and procedures undertaken for each vehicle that undergoes inspection and certification for shipment to Fiji.

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Close Collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, Japan

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HE Mr Isikeli Mataitoga met with the Director of the International Policy Division (IPD), Ministry of Defense (MOD), Japan, Ms Mitsuko Hayashi on Wednesday, 8th February 2017, at the MoD HQ.

The meeting discussed and looked at ways to diversify defence cooperation between Fiji and Japan.

The meeting was attended to by Second Secretary Kelera Savu; and Deputy Director, Capacity Building Assistance Office, IPD, Mr Takashi Komori; Defense Official, Capacity Building Assistance Office, Mr Masaya Mizoguchi; and Defense Official, Ms Mariko Yasui.

 

HE Mataitoga Visits Navuso Agricultural Technical Institute

Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan HE Isikeli Mataitoga visited the Navuso Agricultural Technical Institute on Friday 27th January, 2017, and boosted the morale of the students after handing over a donation of $10,000.

The donated funds was raised by his mission in Tokyo spearheaded by Madame Venina Mataitoga.

HE Mataitoga informed that his Mission is looking at other ways to assist the Institute. He also mentioned that he is in discussions with the relevant government agencies in Japan to bring volunteers to the Institute to assist the teaching staff especially in imparting the technical know-how that Japan is renowned for.

Ambassador Mataitoga challenged the 50 students who would be Fiji’s future farmers to believe in themselves. He emphasized on the need to trust in God in everything as well as the importance of helping others. Ambassador Mataitoga said that was the first of the much assistance they would be doing for the institute.

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HE Mataitoga handing over the cheque to Navuso Agricultural Institute officials.

Former principal Reverend Malakai Tuikadavu thanked Ambassador Mataitoga and his mission for the much needed assistance. He said the Institute which belong to the Methodist Church of Fiji cater for students from all over Fiji. Navuso’s core objective is to train farmers and the Institute offers courses which will help those students achieve that.

 

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Stregthening Fiji and Saga Relations – Saga Governor Pays Courtesy Call to PM

Governor Yoshinori Yamaguchi, led his Saga Prefectural Delegation that paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Bainimarama, on 24th January, 2017. The delegation was accompanied by Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan, HE Mataitoga and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Aaffairs, Ambassador Nair.

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L-R : HE Mataitoga, PS Nair, PM Bainimarama, Governor Yamaguchi, Mr Hideshima (Saga City Mayor), Mr Fukui (Saga City Assembly) and Mr Koga (Saga Rugby Union).

The discussions between PM Bainimarama and his Saga guests were centred on boosting development cooperation exchanges in the areas of culture, sports and arts.  PM Bainimarama also gave his support towards strengthening relations between Fiji and Saga Prefecture.

 

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Fiji Embassy Tokyo Delivers “Cyclone Winston Appeal Fund” Cheque for PM’s “Adopt-a-School” Program

Ambassador Mataitoga presented the Fiji Embassy’s (FET)  Cyclone Winston Appeal Funds to Prime Minister Bainimarama on 23th January 2017.

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HE Mataitoga hands over the F$250,000 cheque to Prime Minister Bainimarama

In handing over the F$250,000 cheque, HE Mataitoga informed the Prime Minister that the funds comes with the prayers and warm wishes of Fiji’s friends in Japan towards Fiji’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts, especially for students and youths.

The PM was informed that the Embassy coordinated Winston Appeal efforts saw donations from Japanese Prefectural and City Governments, businesses, academia, NGOs, Fijian community, individuals, Japanese students, and people from all walks of life.

 

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For additional news coverage, see links below;

http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/01/24/japanese-official-makes-courtesy-call/