Embassy Visit: Aoyama Junior High School

On Monday 12 May 2014, a group of 13 (thirteen) students from Aoyama Junior High School in Minato-ward, Tokyo visited the Fiji Embassy to study about Fiji as part of their international studies. They were welcomed by Tourism and Commercial Officer Iki Kawabata who at the same time delivered a 60 minutes lectures covering overview of Fiji`s culture, history, nature, custom, industry, food, way of living and tourism.

Prior to their visit to the Fiji Embassy, the group had sent in questionnaires about Fiji’s way of living, traditional fashion, indigenous Food, relation with Japan, and Fijian language and the lecture that was given was able to address their enquiries about Fiji.

TCO Iki Kawabata making lecture for Aoyama Junior High School students at the Fiji Embassy

Students from Aoyama Junior High School at the Fiji Embassy

Leadership Training for Youth in Japan

Nine government representatives who will be part of a youth leadership and good governance training programme in Japan have been reminded to work as a team to maximize benefits of learning. Public Service Commission permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand said this training opportunity provided by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) would help the participants excel in their area of work as youths who are seen as future leaders of Fiji. This is the first year that a delegation is being sent to participate in a course on good governance and leadership.

“The Fijian Government is thankful to the Japanese Government in providing such opportunity to our youth who are seen as future leaders of Fiji,” Mr Chand said. “Since the inception of training young leaders in 2007, 100 Fijians had benefitted from this program.” Mr Chand said Fiji has in many ways benefitted from the JICA programme. “Apart from capacity building (Human resources), JICA also contributes towards rural community development, sending volunteers to selected key public sectors, and providing assistance and resources to other sectors of the community at large,” he said.

Resident Representative of JICA, Shumon Yoshira said the purpose of the young leaders training programme was to promote human resource development in the country. “The name “young leaders” itself reflects the importance of fostering leadership, goodwill and unity among the youths of different culture and backgrounds with the hope that the world will be made a better place to live in through the collective and constructive efforts of the youths of today,” Mr Yoshira said.

The participants will be leaving Fiji on 19th May for the one week training programme.

Fiji participants with PSC Permanent Secretary, Mr Parmesh Chand and JICA Resident Representative in Fiji, Mr Shumon Yoshiara

Embassy Visit: Shutoku Junior High School

On Wednesday 30th April 2014, a group of 9 (Nine) students and a teacher from Shutoku Junior High School in Katsushika-ward, Tokyo visited the Fiji Embassy to study about Fiji as part of their international studies. They were welcomed by Trade and Commercial Officer Iki Kawabata who at the same time delivered a 60 minutes lectures covering overview of Fiji`s culture, history, nature, custom, industry, food, way of living and tourism.

TCO Iki Kawabata making lecture for Shutoku Junior High School students at the Fiji Embassy

Students and teacher from Shutoku Junior High School at the Fiji Embassy

Embassy Visit: Awashimaura Junior High School

On Thursday 24th April 2014, a group of10 (Ten) students and 2 teachers from Awashimaura Junior High School in Niigata Prefecture visited the Fiji Embassy to study about Fiji as part of their international studies. They were welcomed by Trade and Commercial Officer Iki Kawabata who at the same time delivered a 45 minutes lectures covering overview of Fiji`s culture, history, nature, custom, industry, food, way of living and tourism.

Prior to their visit to the Fiji Embassy, the group had sent in questionnaires about Fiji Embassy’s work, mission, and difference of both countries, relation with Japan, and the lecture that was given was able to address their enquiries about Fiji.

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TCO Iki Kawabata making lecture for Awashimaura Junior High School at the Fiji Embassy

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ALFS Charity Bazaar 2014

ALFS Charity Bazaar

All Welcome

 

Embassy Visit: Nakoso Daiichi Junior High School

On Wednesday 16th April 2014, a group of 7 (seven) students and 2 teachers from Nakoso Daiichi Junior High School in Iwaki-city visited the Fiji Embassy to study about Fiji as part of their international studies. They were welcomed by Trade and Commercial Officer Iki Kawabata who at the same time delivered a 45 minutes lectures covering overview of Fiji`s culture, history, nature, custom, industry, food, way of living and tourism.

Prior to their visit to the Fiji Embassy, the group had sent in questionnaires about Fiji’s Indigenous Food, relation with Japan, and meaning of Flag and the lecture that was given was able to address their enquiries about Fiji.

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Students of Nakoso Daiichi Junior High School at the Fiji Embassy

Embassy Visit: Namiuchi Junior High School

On Monday 14th April 2014, a group of 4 (four) students from Namiuchi Junior High School in Aomori-city visited the Fiji Embassy to study about Fiji as part of their international studies. The students were welcomed and given a 45 minutes lectures by Tourism and Commercial Officer iki Kawabata covering an overview of Fiji`s culture, history, nature, custom, industry, food, way of living and tourism. In fact the students had studied about Fiji before their visit and this was broadened during the lecture and a question and answer session afterwards. The students were also interested in knowing more about the role played by the Fiji Embassy in terms of its relationship with Japan.

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Students of Namiuchi Junior High School at the Fiji Embassy

Marine Diving Fair 2014

Marine Diving Fair, which is the largest Diving Show in Asia, was held on 4/5/6 April from 10:00~18:00 at Sunshine City Center, Ikebukuro. Mr. Kyakuno from Aqua Trek Fiji and TCO Iki Kawabata were there operating from the PIC booth delivering Fiji Diving information and also made presentation as well as distributing flyers, posters about diving in Fiji. The number of visitors on each day were as follows.

  2013 2014
Friday (First day) 8,707 7,903
Saturday (Second day) 23,288 23,963
Sunday (Third day) 20,473 19,732
Total 52,468 51,598

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The Tachikawa International Friendship Festival 2013

The Tachikawa International Friendship Festival is an annual event hosted at the Green Culture Zone, Showa Memorial Park in Tachikawa City, Tokyo on Sunday 3rd November and Monday 4th November 2013. Organized by the Tachikawa City Office and Tachikawa Multicultural Centre, over one hundred thousand visitors attended the two-day spectacular event. It was an event of food, drinks, live music and most importantly fun for all participants who were there to promote friendship relations.

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The Fiji Embassy together with other diplomatic missions resident in Tokyo were the featured participants, inspiring visitors to try out the different food delicacies and beautiful tourist attractions they offer. The Fiji Embassy has been participating at this international festival since 2008 and part of Embassy efforts to connect and market Fiji at the community level in Japan.

Fiji’s participation included a booth for promotion of Fiji food and handicraft products. The Embassy noted on the growing interest on Fiji food and Pure Fiji products displayed at the Fiji promotion booth during its one day participation.

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With a chance to interact with community members and captivating stage performances by many, it was truly an opportunity for the public to witness the working together of various NGO groups, Diplomatic groups, as well as other Japanese members in further promoting friendly and multicultural exchanges.

JOCA NEW YEAR RECEPTION

The Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo was once again invited by the President of the Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA) to attend their 2013 New Year party which was held at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Centre on Saturday, 26 January 2013. Representatives from the Government of Japan, Diplomatic Missions in Tokyo, former JICA volunteers and other private/government organizations attended the event.

(L-R) SS Kelera Wright, Ms Kuniko Inoguchi (House of Councillors) and FS Jovesa Vocea

(L-R) SS Kelera Wright, Ms Kuniko Inoguchi (House of Councillors) and FS Jovesa Vocea

Delivering the Keynote Address was Ms Kuniko INOGUCHI, the Member of Councillors, National Diet of Japan Representing Chiba Prefecture. The program was very exciting especially when members of the Diplomatic Corp in Japan were able to meet and share stories with former JICA volunteers who had served in their respective countries. Representing the Fiji Embassy were First Secretary Jovesa Vocea and Second Secretary Kelera Wright. About 300 guests attended the event.

(L-R) FS Vocea, Mr Kunio Umeda, DG International Cooperation Bureau and SS Wright

(L-R) FS Vocea, Mr Kunio Umeda, DG International Cooperation Bureau and SS Wright