Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
3rd January 2012: Fiji Government is all set to host eleven (11) Japanese students to study in Fiji for a year. The selected students were affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku Region in Japan.
Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 in Japan, the Prime Minister offered Fiji’s assistance to the Government of Japan. This was followed by the Prime Minister’s approval that government offer 20 places to university and high school students affected by these events.
Under the assistance programme, students from the affected region will relocate to Fiji for up to 1 year. The eleven students will be admitted to the Fiji National University (FNU) and various secondary schools in Fiji.
Five high schools students will be arriving in Nadi on 6th January 2012 with the remaining six students expected to arrive in mid-February.
Speaking on the project the Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (pictured) explained:
“The project is an expression of Fiji’s support to the people of Japan generally and in particular those directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami in the North Eastern Region of Japan.”
“We all know the valuable contribution Japan has made over the years in the development of our nation and other Pacific nations.”
“This is a small way we can show our solidarity with them in their time of need.”
The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation CAPT (N) Timoci Natuva will be welcoming the students on behalf of Government when they arrive on Friday in a ceremony at the Freebird Institute in Nadi.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji