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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

Ambassador Mataitoga Visits Tohoku Students

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9th February 2012, Fiji’s Ambassador H.E. Mr Isikeli Mataitoga accompanied by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internal Cooperation and Ministry of Education officials visited the Japan Tohoku students selected for High School education in Fiji under the Fiji Government Assistance program for students affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

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The project involves relocating selected Japanese students to Fiji to study for up to one year as guests of the Fiji Government and hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Fiji National University. Following the natural disaster Prime Minister Bainimarama had made the offer of assistance to his Japanese counterpart.

The five (2 girls and 3 boys) high school students are studying at Adi Cakobau and Nasinu Secondary Schools.
The students have settled in well in their respective classes and schools.

Ambassador Mataitoga thanked the management of both schools for their caring attitude and the Ministry of Education for all the arrangements. “Fiji is the best place in the world to rehabilitate. This is one of the reasons why we are doing this. To give the students an opportunity to come here to a relaxed environment where  people are friendly and  are willing to share their lives and bring healing to them,” explained Ambassador Mataitoga.

Another six students are due to arrive next Friday 17th February to commence studies at the FNU.  

(L-R Home stay Parents, Ms Manami Shoji, Ms Natzuki Abe, H.E. Mr Isikeli Mataitoga, Mrs Nawalowalo Principal – ACS, Mr Timoci Tovoka, Mr Manoa Senikarawa)

(Top photo:L-R Mr Manoa Senikarawa, H.E. Mr Isikeli Mataitoga, Shingo Yamanchi, Soichiro Oyama, Kohei Suzuki, Mr Timoci Tovoka and Home stay Parent)

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