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More Help Planned For West

Flood prone areas in the Western Division will soon receive further assistance from Japan. This was confirmed by the new Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani, during the Japanese Emperor’s
04 Dec 2014 10:59
More Help Planned For West
The Adi Cakobau School choir sang during the Japanese Emperor’s 81st birthday celebration at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Princes Road, Tamavua, last night. Photo: Jona Konataci

Flood prone areas in the Western Division will soon receive further assistance from Japan.

This was confirmed by the new Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani, during the Japanese Emperor’s 81st birthday celebration at the ambassador’s residence in Princes Road, Tamavua, last night.

Mr Hanatani said there were many great projects they were looking at for Fiji and one of them was providing assistance to flood prone areas.

“One of the projects is in Nadi where our team from the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) is currently studying the Nadi River and how we can provide assistance to the people in this area,” Mr Hanatani said.

Earlier this year the Japanese government had provided flood warning devices for rivers in Sigatoka all the way to Rakiraki. The devices were to provide information to communities on water levels during heavy rainfall.

Mr Hanatani said there were other sectors being looked at.

“We have many varieties of sectors; governance is one of the issues,” he said.

“We are co-operating with UNDP to strengthen the parliamentary system and also in the infrastructure area.

“And also after the successful elections, we resumed the full scale economic co-operation and we need to talk to the Fijian government in which sector, which area we can co-operate in.”

While speaking about the relationship of Japan and Fiji, Mr Hanatani said it was very promising.

“This year marks the 44th anniversary of our friendship with Fiji and today, Fiji is one of Japan’s closest partners in the Pacific,” he said.

“I look forward to further strengthening the relationship between the two countries and achieving milestone in our co-operation.”

Meanwhile, the Adi Cakobau School choir was invited by the Japanese ambassador to sing at the birthday celebration last night.

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