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Usamate Receives $5240 From Fukuoka Prefecture Assembly

Acting Prime Minister Jone Usamate yesterday received $5240 from the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, a Tropical Cyclone Winston contribution from the Fukuoka Prefecture Assembly, Japan. Mr Usamate
07 Nov 2017 19:30
Usamate Receives $5240 From Fukuoka Prefecture Assembly
Acting Prime Minister Jone Usamate receives the cheque from Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Acting Prime Minister Jone Usamate yesterday received $5240 from the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, a Tropical Cyclone Winston contribution from the Fukuoka Prefecture Assembly, Japan.

Mr Usamate said the donation was significant as it coincided with the day Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was handed the presidency of COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

“I ask every Fijian to pray for Fiji’s COP23 presidency,” Mr Usamate said.

Mr Usamate was happy with the donation. Mr Tuitubou said he had received the donation four months after Tropical Cyclone Winston but because it was in Japanese currency they had to change it to Fijian currency.

“This takes a long process so we had asked ANZ Bank to help,” Mr Tuitubou said.                                                                               

The bank then had to contact Fukuoka Prefecture Assembly to convert the donation to Fijian dollars.

Mr Tuitubou said the Fukuoka Prefecture Assembly usually sponsored the Organisation for Industrial Spiritual and Cultural Advancement – International (OISCA) to work with the Ministry of Youth.

OISCA he said was usually involved in planting mangroves in the country.

Fukuoka is a prefecture on Japan’s main island of Kyushu whose capital, Fukuoka City, was formed from a castle town.

Edo-period fortress ruins can still be seen among Measure Park’s cherry blossoms.

Modern-day Fukuoka is also known for its elaborate float races during Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival, and for its open-air food stalls, or yatai, selling specialties such as yakitori chicken skewers.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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