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Media Release

President Meets Japanese Vice Foreign Minister

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21st June 2011, Tokyo, Japan: The President of The Republic of Fiji HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is currently on a private visit to Tokyo, Japan to visit and meet with the staff at the Fiji Mission. Arriving in Tokyo on Monday 21st June, the President and Delegation was met on arrival by HE Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga and the Director Foreign Liaison Office at Narita Airport Mr Yutaka Nonaka.

The Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs responsible for the Oceania and Pacific Division, Madam Makiko Kikuta paid a courtesy call on the President HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel, Tokyo today 21 June 2011. The President once again conveyed the condolences and the feelings of the people and the Government of Fiji to the Government of Japan for the sad loss of lives during the 11th March Great Tohoku Earthquake. The President expressed confidence that Japan's renowned solidarity and history of recovery during such calamities will enhance recovery efforts in areas affected by the Earthquake and the ensuing Tsunami.

The President thanked Vice Minister Ms Kikuta in taking the time to call on His Excellency and expressed Fiji's appreciation for the various assistance from Japan to Fiji and the Pacific Region over the years and requested that Fiji's gratitude on this be conveyed to Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Vice Minister Madam Kikuta whilst acknowledging Fiji's message of sympathy received at the Japan Embassy in Suva noted with appreciation efforts by the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo in furthering Fiji's offer of Humanitarian Assistance to Japan enabling selected high school and university students directly affected by the 11th March disaster to study in Fiji for one year whilst the situation in Japan stabilises. Japan is confident that such exchanges will further enhance people-to-people exchanges.

A brief outlook on Fiji's Roadmap to the 2014 Elections in particular the process and progress on major reforms pursued by the Fiji Government was provided by the President. These reforms which have been outstanding over the years will be critical to the process of having democratic elections in Fiji by 2014.

Vice Minister Kikuta reiterated Japan's position in placing particular importance on continuos dialogue with Fiji and the importance for Fiji to continue advising the International community of its roadmap to 2014. The Vice Minister expressed appreciations of having the privilege to discuss Fiji's roadmap with the Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola during the recent ESCAP Meeting in Bangkok. The Madam Vice Minister again reiterated Japan's assistance to Fiji under the roadmap to 2014 particularly on capacity building for elections officials and the election machinery in Fiji and is confident the Fiji will come through strongly under the reform process mow underway.

(Photo caption: HE The President receiving Parliamentary Vice Minister Madam Kikuta)