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Media Release

Japan-Fiji hold bilateral talks at UNESCAP

Tuesday 24th May 2011, Bangkok, Thailand: Fiji's Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola held bilateral talks with Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Makiko KIKUTA in the margins of the 67th Session of UNESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand today following a request by Ms. Kikuta.

Japan reassured Fiji that concerted efforts are currently being exerted by the Japanese Government to minimise the effects of the damages caused by the recent Tsunami to their nuclear reactors and to ensure safety from any leakages to radioactive materials into the Pacific Ocean. "Tests conducted to date on fish near the affected sites reveals that the level of radioactive concentration found are below interim standards" Ms Kikuta said. Japan has set a Roadmap with a timeline of 6 to 9 months to repair and restore their nuclear power plants to pre tsunami standards.

On other matters, Ms Kikuta expressed the Government of Japan's gratitude for Fiji's assistance following the tsunami devastation. Fiji, in an attempt to offer assistance to Japan has made available 20 places in secondary and tertiary institutions in Fiji for Japanese students. Further, Ms. Kikuta told Ratu Inoke that Japan is following very keenly in the democratisation developments in Fiji and gave the assurance of support from the Japanese Government.

Fiji's Foreign Minister was accompanied to the talk by his Permanent Secretary, Mr. Solo Mara, Fiji's High Commissioner to Malaysia, HE Suliasi Lutubula and Mr. Sainivalati S. Navoti, Director Political & Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. END