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Q & A ON DIASPORA VISITATION WITH TEAM FIJI – TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS AND PARALYMPIC GAMES

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka,

Since last month, the Fiji Embassy Tokyo has been receiving enquiries from our Fijian diaspora on the possibility of meeting the Team Fiji athletes and officials. FASANOC Secretary General – CEO Ms. Lorraine Mar, responded below to some of the enquiries we have received thus far.

  1. Can we come to the Airport and meet Team Fiji?  

You cannot meet the Team on arrival or at departure at the Airport. As a requirement of IOC and the Japanese Government, they are maintaining a very strict bubble and really cannot interact with anyone outside of the bubble. Except for First Secretary, Ms. Kelera SAVU, the designated Fiji Embassy coordinate accredited by IOC for the Fiji Team.

2. Can we visit and see the Team at their Host Town hotel?  

Team Fiji is not able to receive any visitors in Oita. Not only because of the bubble but also Oita City’s rule.

3. Can we see the Team at one of the training sites?  

No, it is not allowed. The athletes and officials are not permitted to mingle at the training sites. Only those with accreditation will be able to access the Training sites.

4. Can we call and see the Team at the Olympic Village?  

I regret to advise that the OLV is not receiving any visitors, and Day Passes that would normally be available have been withdrawn.

5. Are the athletes allowed to come out and meet us after taking part in their event?  

Again, this will not be possible. The athletes and officials are only allowed to move from the Olympic Village to training and back, or to the competition venue and back. They will not be allowed to sightsee, go shopping, visit families and friends, etc. Team Fiji had to fill in a daily activity plan for each person according to the movements mentioned, and no deviation from the plan is permitted. Team Fiji will suffer consequences if there is a breach of these activity plans.

6. Can we meet the athletes outside the Olympic Village?  

All athletes and officials from all countries will not be able to socialize with anyone outside of their Team at all. This will not be possible. Any movement outside of the Olympic Village can only be through the Transport Mall. 

7. If the athletes are bringing our stuff, whom can they pass it to?  

The only person I can think of is First Secretary, Ms. Kelera Savu. If it is in their suitcases, then it will have to be when she comes to Oita. The only other alternative I can think of is for our people to post whatever it is.

8. Would there be a church service or community gathering for Team Fiji, as usual in previous games?

This will not be possible. Tokyo 2020 will be the first time we won’t be able to do this. This will be an Olympic Games like no other, and everyone will have to be super careful and very mindful of their actions. For the Team, this is not only to protect the people of Japan, but also the people of Fiji on our return. The last thing we want is to compound the already escalating COVID-19 cases in Fiji.

We thank you for your understanding and support in this regard.

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Fiji Embassy Tokyo

6 July 2021

Update on FET Consular Services and Other FET Related Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of the third state of emergency declared in Tokyo and three other urban prefectures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Fiji Embassy Tokyo has commenced limited appointments for passport, visa, and some other consular issues as well as for other FET related services.

For Consular Services – Appointments are scheduled, and Applicants should contact Second Secretary Mr. Ashneel Shankar on Ashneel.Shankar@fijiembassy.jp  to schedule any of the consular appointments, from 11.00am – 1.00pmMonday to Wednesday only. 

For Other FET Related Services – Appointments are scheduled, and Visitors should contact First Secretary Ms. Kelera Savu on Kelera.Savu@fijiembassy.jp to schedule any of the Other FET Related Services appointments, from 11.00am – 1.00pm, Wednesday to Friday only. 

Due to COVID-19, consular services applicants will experience delays in appointment availability. If applicants have an urgent reason to apply for any consular services, they may request an urgent appointment with SS Shankar. 

The Fiji Embassy Tokyo follows strict practices on wear masks, hand-sanitizer, and social distancing to help protect the health and safety of our staff and the public. Any applicant or visitor with COVID-19 symptoms should reschedule their appointment by contacting the relevant officers directly.

Vinaka vakalevu, Arigato gozaimasu.

TROPICAL CYCLONE YASA RELIEF APPEAL

The Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo has set up a Tropical Cyclone Yasa Relief Fund Account, to assist the people of Fiji, who have been badly affected by the most horrific cyclone destruction.

Tropical Cyclone Yasa, a category 5 storm cyclone, brought gusts of wind of up to 345km per hour, causing flooding and landslides. Fiji’s second-largest island Vanua Levu and coastal areas of many islands were impacted by storm surges and flooding during the height of the storm on the 17th December 2020.

In the aftermath of the cyclone and flooding, there has been a loss of lives, many people left homeless, massive destruction of buildings, schools, hospitals, public infrastructure and businesses, villages and some maritime islands were flattened, and livelihoods destroyed. The full cost of the damage suffered by the people of Fiji will not be known for a few weeks as the relief assessment teams are currently working hard with the limited resources they have and with the assistance from donor countries to span the whole of affected Fiji. However, the cost of damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars. It was the strongest storm in the basin since TC Winston in 2016 and the strongest in the cyclone season 2020-21.

The relief donations will be used to rebuild the lives of the many people across Fiji who suffered the cyclone’s drastic devastation to their homes and livelihood. Notable schools in Bua, Macuata, Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Yasawa, and Southern Lau have suffered severe damage to classrooms, teachers’ quarters, textbooks, school resources, etc. These schools are needed to be rebuilt now, forcing many students to find alternative schools to continue their studies as reconstruction work on these schools would take 1 to 2 years to complete. Also, many affected students would be without school stationery and uniforms.

The Bank and the Bank Account details in which you may deposit your financial donation is as follows:

Account Number: 3043244

Account Name: FET NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL FUND

Name of Bank: Mizuho Bank (Savings)

Branch Name: Kamiyacho Branch

It is anticipated that most people in Vanua Levu and rural maritime islands will be without homes. More than 3,206 people are still living in evacuation centers. Initial damage assessment, which was completed on 28 December by the Commissioner Northern Division, reveals that 6,000 houses were partially damaged while 1,500 houses were damaged entirely caused by flooding, storm surge, and destructive winds in the wake of TC Yasa. Many houses are needed to be rebuilt and will require emergency shelter (tarpaulins and toolkits) and essential household items assistance (clothing, kitchen sets, solar lamps, blankets), as well as appropriate technical assistance. According to the Ministry of Education Fiji assessment, close to 85 schools in TC Yasa affected areas have sustained damages.

As a result of massive damage to agricultural areas on Yasawa-i-rara, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, and Maritime Islands, including Koro, Cicia, Moce, Komo, which is home to many farmers, food security has also been impacted as livestock and farms have been destroyed.

The core expense of the Government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction work is three-pronged which encompass (i) provisions of basic needs (food, shelter, water, accessibility, livelihood, health, and sanitation; (ii) restoration of essential service (roads, ports, jetties, airfields, water electricity, communication, education, continuity of Government machinery); and (iii) economic recovery (infrastructure, utilities, tourism sector, private sector, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry).

Thank you most sincerely for your goodwill and generosity to help.

Employment Opportunity – Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo

PERSONAL ASSISTANT/ CONFIDENTIAL SECRETARY TO AMBASSADOR required by the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo.

Position-Description-Personal-Assistant-Confidential-Secretary-to-Ambassador

All applications to include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV), at least two referees with one being the current or recent supervisor and a covering letter of no more than two pages, which explains how you meet each of the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

An attractive salary will be offered to the above position.

Closing date of Vacancy: Friday, 25 December 2020

Queries and applications are to be addressed to Mr Ashneel Shankar, Second Secretary, via email: ashneel.shankar@fijiembassy.jp or phone: +81-3-3587-2038.

Call for Designs: 9th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM9) Logo

The public is invited to submit designs for a logo to represent PALM9, including in pamphlets, posters and other promotional and event-related materials. The design should evoke Japan’s friendly and prosperous relationship with the Pacific Island Countries, to which it is bound by geography, history and values.The selected logo will represent PALM9, including in pamphlets, posters and other promotional and event-related materials.

The submission should be sent via email to palm9-logo@mofa.go.jp by November 30, 2020.

Created electrically with its explanation (around 50words long). Judges selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will evaluate the designs and identify a winner. Please refer to the following website for more details: https://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/ocn/page23e_000593.html

Opportunities in Fiji’s Agriculture Sector, Investment Webinar Session- Tuesday, 15 September 2020

To register for this webinar, please click on the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfuGsrz4vHtXiLOaT4U06A4NPdD1VfdRY

Once your registration is successfully completed, each participant will be sent a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information regarding the webinar, please send your queries to info@fijiembassy.jp

Latest Travel Advisory for Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) Intending to Travel to Fiji

The Fijian government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has issued the latest upgraded travel requirements relating to Fiji Citizen(s), Fiji Resident(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) intending to travel to Fiji with immediate effect. The new test requirements include the format of the COVID – 19 test result that everyone traveling to Fiji has to adhere to. MHMS have requested that the following new procedures be implemented:

i. The Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) must produce a recent negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or Cepheid GeneXpert (Xpert® Xpress SARS-CoV-2) test (for a nasopharyngeal sample taken not more than 72 hours before departure) following which approval will be granted to depart for Fiji.

ii. The test result must be in the form of the complete report from the laboratory that performed the test – on the laboratory letterhead. ( example attached)

iii. The Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) with symptoms prior to boarding at port of departure will not be permitted to board the plane.

iv. All Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) must undergo temperature and symptom check upon arrival at the airport. If symptoms are present a nasopharyngeal swab sample will be collected for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the cost of sponsor or individual returnee. The MHMS protocol for dealing with suspected cases will be applied. If the test is positive, he or she must remain in isolation under the care of MHMS but if the test is negative, he or she will be released to complete the mandatory quarantine in the designated Government quarantine facility. Attached below id the format of the report that Fijian authorities will be requiring all intending travellers to bring to Fiji.

v. The Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) will be transferred from the airport to Government quarantine facility for a mandatory 14-days quarantine in a vehicle, driven by a local driver who will not come in contact with the principals and will wear Personal Protective equipment (PPE).

vi. The vehicle will be escorted by Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel from the airport to the Government quarantine facility at the cost of the sponsor or individual returnee.

vii. The 14 day quarantine period at the Government quarantine facility will be under the constant supervision of the RFMF and MHMS.

viii. While Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) is/are in the Government quarantine facility, they must adhere to all quarantine requirements. MHMS officials will conduct regular temperature and symptom checks. If symptoms are present a nasopharyngeal swab sample will be collected for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the cost of sponsor or individual returnee. The MHMS protocol for dealing with suspected cases will be applied. If the test is positive, he or she must remain in isolation under the care of MHMS but if the test is negative he or she will be released to complete the mandatory quarantine.

ix. If the Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) remain asymptomatic a nasopharyngeal swab collected at the end of the quarantine period for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the cost of the sponsor or the individual returnee. A negative test result will be required before release from quarantine. The sponsor or the individual returnee will meet all the cost associated to quarantine for which they must directly liaise with Government quarantine facility.

x. The MHMS will make the final determination to release the Fiji Citizen(s)/ Fiji Residents(s)/ Other Permit Holder(s) from quarantine.