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Media Release

Minister Natuva Welcomes Japanese Students

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6th  January 2012, Nadi: Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Captain (N) Timoci Natuva this morning welcomed five (5) high school students from Japan who will be studying in Fiji for a year under Fiji Government’s Humanitarian Assistance Project for the Tohoku Region – Japan. These students are part of a group of eleven students who were affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan early last year and who will be studying in Fiji for one year.

Following the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Eastern Region [Tohuku Region] of Japan, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama offered to assist families devastated by this disaster by relocating their children to Fiji to study for up to one year as guests of the Fiji Government. 

The two female high school students will be studying at Adi Cakobau and the three male students will be studying at Nasinu Secondary Schools. The remaining six students who are due to arrive on 17th February 2012 will be admitted to the Fiji National University (FNU).

The five high school students are currently undergoing orientation and language refresher training at the Freebird Institute in Nadi for two weeks before they travel to their new schools in Sawani and Nasinu.

In welcoming the students1 , the Acting Minister Timoci Natuva expressed Governments delight in being able to host the students:

“We are thrilled to have you here and we hope that during your stay, you will not only benefit on an academic level but you will also learn much about Fiji and its culture.

We trust that those around you will also benefit from your enthusiasm, your intelligence and your culture.”
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1Welcome speech attached.