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Fiji Eyes Open Ties With Japan

Fiji is looking forward to a more open and direct relationship with Japan. Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night said that they were now laying the groundwork for such
21 May 2015 11:23
Fiji Eyes Open Ties With Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right), with his Fijian counterpart Voreqe Bainimarama in Tokyo after they presented rugby jerseys to each other.

Fiji is looking forward to a more open and direct relationship with Japan.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night said that they were now laying the groundwork for such a relationship, based on the principle of mutual understanding and respect.

“As I told your Honourable Prime Minister during the bilateral meeting, Fiji’s view is that Japan should not have taken advice from third parties in deciding its own position on our nation’s direction.”

Mr Bainimarama was speaking at a dinner reception at the Tokyo Prince Hotel last night.

“We are putting the misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the past behind us and are taking our relationship to a new level.”

Mr Bainimarama also acknowledged the development assistance by the Japanese government over the years.

He said this could be canvassed in many ways including government-to government level, high level exchanges at a business level and people-to-people exchanges.

Mr Bainimarama also briefed those at the reception about the benefits of Fiji’s reform programme that have transformed Fiji’s investment climate.

This included low rates of corporate and personal tax and a range of investment incentives including tax holidays in certain areas of the country.

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