Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
May 30, 2013: The commissioning of the first Honorary Consul General for Fiji in Tohoku in the Miyagi prefecture is expected to boost Fiji’s presence in Japan.
Mr Takayuki Moriya was commissioned this month as Fiji’s Honorary Consul General at a ceremony witnessed by more than 400 guests including Fiji’s resident envoy to Japan Isikeli Mataitoga, at the Koyo Grand Hotel in Sendai.
Ambassador Mataitoga pointed out Fiji’s long standing policy in establishing and maintaining friendly relations with countries that have demonstrated genuine goodwill towards Fiji, as the underpinning attribute to the establishment of the new Honorary Consulate General Office in Sendai.
“It is also a reflection of the goodwill enjoyed between Japan and Fiji since 1970 in the promotion of economic, commercial and people-to-people relations between the two countries. To that end, the humanitarian assistance offered by the Fiji Government in 2012 to the people of Japan was also highlighted”.
The Ambassador said that Fiji’s prospects in the Miyagi prefecture is significant given their commonalities in the area of agriculture and marine, as well as Miyagi being the hub of the Tohoku region with easy access to other parts of the region and to Tokyo. He pointed out that Fiji stands to gain much more from deepening its tourism, trade, and investment promotion not only in Miyagi but throughout the Tohoku region.
Guests that attended the event included the Honorable Mr. Kenya Akiba, Senior Vice Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare & Senior Vice Minister for Post Disaster Reconstruction, HE Ambassador Gabriel J.K Dusava of Papua New Guinea, HE Ambassador Tom D. Kijiner of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Honourable Members of the House of Representative and Councilors, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Governor , several Mayors and Councilors from Prefectures and cities in Japan. Senior government officials, business affiliates and NGO representatives were also present.
The program included the official handing over of the Consular Commission signed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
Newly commissioned Honorary Consul-General, Mr Takayuki Moriya noted on the purpose of the Honorary Consulate General and its establishment, adding his desire to see this bridge ties in economic, cultural and educational relations between Fiji and Miyagi, and throughout the Tohoku region.
Following the successful commissioning, Senior Vice Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare & Senior Vice Minister for Post Disaster Reconstruction, Mr. Kenya Akiba, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Member of the House of Councillors, Mr Seiichi Etou, Governor of Miyagi Prefecture, Mr Yoshihiro Murai and Mayor of Sendai City, Mrs Emiko Okuyama also congratulated Mr. Takayuki Moriya and further wished him all the best in his new role.
Sendai is the third Honorary Consul that has been established in Japan, following Osaka and Yokohama.
A mix of Fijian and Japanese music, as well as Fijian cultural shows was performed at the evening reception, which was enjoyed by everyone who attended.
The Embassy also took the opportunity to show case Fijian Made products, which were donated from several Fijian firms and these were on display during the evening.
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