Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
23rd February, 2012: Six students from Tohoku University in Japan are in the country to continue their education at the Fiji National University under the Fiji Governments Japan Humanitarian Assistance Project.
The female students from the earthquake and tsunami-hit Sendai region arrived on Friday17th February 2012 and were met at the Nadi International Airport by officials from FNU and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
FNU representative Salabogi Mavoa said in a statement the project was part of the aid the government had promised Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck last year. He said the committee of representatives from FNU and the Foreign Ministry organised the program to help the students recover and heal from the trauma of the devastation.
"The six female students are from the northeast part of Japan. We offered assistance for 10 students but so far six have shown up," Mr Mavoa said. He said the students would be in Fiji for a year.
The six university students joined five other Japanese students who arrived last month and are now enrolled at Adi Cakobau School and Nasinu Secondary School.
[Photo caption 1: Front L-R:YunaKageyama (enrolled in Nursing);Kanae Ishida (enrolled in English Communication);Hikari Koizumi (enrolled in Hospitality);MikuHata (enrolled in Hospitality);Middle row: FNU Japan volunteer;Ayu Kogenezawa (enrolled in Engineering);Rui Yamauchi (enrolled in Nursing);Back row: Ms Mere Tawake (Foreign Affairs) and Mr Salabogi Mavoa (FNU)]
[Photo caption 2:Mr Mavoa briefs the students before departure from the airport]
Source: Fiji Times online
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