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.
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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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.
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.
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.
|Friday (First day)||8,707||7,903|
|Saturday (Second day)||23,288||23,963|
|Sunday (Third day)||20,473||19,732|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A significant occasion for both the Government of the Republic of Fiji and the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement, International Japan (OISCA) eventuated on Friday, 25 January 2013 when both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an extension for a period of five years from the date of signature. His Excellency Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga signed on behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the relevant agency in Fiji whilst Ms Yoshiko Nakano, the President of OISCA International, Japan signed on behalf of the organization.
After the signing ceremony, Ambassador Mataitoga expressed deep appreciation on behalf of the Government of Fiji to OISCA for their contribution in reducing poverty in rural Fiji. The extension of their programme for another five years will surely augur well with the intention of Government as well as the objective of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce poverty. Ambassador reassured Ms Nakano that OISCA is the only NGO that is doing what it is suppose to be doing in Fiji. To reciprocate, the President of OISCA thanked the Government of Fiji for honoring their contractual agreement in the past and assured that the organization will continue to deliver what is expected from them as enshrined in the MOU. That is to provide trainings to empower rural youths, makes experts available to provide technical guidance and other educational opportunities, award scholarships for technical training to Fiji youths at OISCA approved training centers in Japan, advises and supports OISCA graduates in community development projects and supports environmental conservation activities as effective tools for environmental education.
A welcome party for the National Delegation for participating countries in the SWY25 was held on Thursday, 24 January 2013 at the Ana Intercontinental Hotel Ball Room in Minato-ku, Tokyo. There were altogether one-hundred (100) participating youths from ten (10) countries including Fiji, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Chile, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Kenya, United Mexican States, New Zealand, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Japan. After twelve (12) days of stay in Japan, the group will embark on “SWY25” with 117 Japanese participating youths and leave Tokyo Port on February 4, 2013 bound for Okinawa, Kobe and Ofunato.
In welcoming the Youths from participating countries, Ms Masako Mori, the Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate who is also the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety as well as holding the portfolio of Minister for State for Gender Equality, encouraged the youths to make use of the opportunity to interact and learn a lot from their Japanese counterpart, especially their culture and food. She also reminded them to bear in mind the objective of the programme and that is “to foster the spirit of international cooperation and competence to practice it as well as to promote friendship and mutual understanding between the youths of Japan and those from various countries around the world”.
Representing the Fiji Embassy in the event were First Secretary Jovesa Vocea, Second Secretary Kelera Wright and PA Sereana Tabuyaqona. It was a good time for them to meet and mix around with the representatives from Fiji and at the same time giving them valuable advises to be good ambassadors of their country during the trip.
The international youth exchange program of the Cabinet Office originally started in 1959 when it implemented the “Japanese Youth Goodwill Mission Program” which the then Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke had proposed personally in order to commemorate the marriage of H.M. the Emperor. In 1967, the “Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise Program” started as one of the projects to commemorate the Centennial of the Meiji Restoration. The program was then upgraded to the “Ship for World Youth Program” in 1988, and had continued until today.