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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

Fiji- Japan bilateral relations discussed

March 16, 2015- Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola held a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Minister Fumio Kishida discussing several issues in the wake of introducing new initiatives to raise their countries relations to new level.

The meeting was held at the margin of the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Resilience in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. 

A priority issue discussed is the proposed visit of the Hon Prime Minister J.V. Bainimarama to Japan in May 2015 and his meeting with Prime Minister the Hon. Mr. Shinzo ABE of Japan. 

Both Ministers agreed that this proposed meeting, would be a major boost in lifting Fiji/Japan relations to higher level than before.  

Minister Kishida highlighted the importance of Fiji to Japan in terms of its relations with the Pacific Island Countries and it would like to see the relations of the two countries restored to new level. 

In the context of PALM 7 Meeting that Japan will be hosting in May 2015, they see Fiji as one of the leader country.

Other areas of bilateral cooperation discussed included market access for Fijian-made products into the Japanese market; joint promotions for Fiji and Japan business exchange and investment opportunities for Japanese Small Medium Enterprise [SME] underscoring agriculture, horticulture and agri-tourism products using Japanese know how and technologies.

Discussions also centered on public diplomacy in terms of visa reciprocal arrangement and parliamentary study visits.

In terms of disaster risk management cooperation, both Ministers aspired to have the radio wave media center project signed off in the margins of the PALM 7, as means to assist Fiji and the PICs in becoming resilient in the face of natural calamities.