Reception in the Honor of the Birthday of Emperor of Japan
On December 7, 2012, Ambassador Suzuki and Mrs. Suzuki hosted the reception in the honor of birthday of Emperor of Japan at Ambassador’s residence. Nearly 90 guests attended from FSM government officials, diplomatic corps, NPOs, private sectors, and local Japanese residents. Also honoring the occasion were Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert, Secretary of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructures Francis Itimai, Postmaster General Ginger Porter Mida, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Zhang Lianyun, and Ambassador
of the United States of America Doria Rosen.
The program began with the national anthem of Japan and the FSM, and they were followed by speeches conveyed by Ambassador Suzuki and Secretary Robert.
In his speech, Ambassador Suzuki stated that Japan is still on the process of rebuilding from the disaster of Great East Japan Earthquake, and it needs thorough discussion on nuclear power plants and revision of the current disaster risk reduction measures. Then, he pointed out the great achievement made by the inaugural direct flight under the Rainbownesia Project in June. About 120 Japanese tourists flew to Pohnpei to experience the culture of the FSM and to deepen the friendship of the two countries. Ambassador Suzuki thanked the government officials, NGOs, and local residents who received the Japanese visitors with warm welcome. Subsequently, Ambassador Suzuki emphasized Japan’s will to continuously support FSM’s development effort
Secretary Robert first expressed his grief towards the victims of Sasago tunnel accident in Yamanashi prefecture that occurred in early December. Then he thanked Japanese Government for its development assistance as well as the various support provided by JICA, JOCV, and Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation of Japan (OFCF). Secretary Robert noted that the word “Kizuna” is now common vocabulary that is alive and shared in both countries. He ensured the ever strengthening friendship between Japan and the FSM as he proposed a toast to the crowd.
At the reception, Japanese cuisine such as sushi, sashimi, and yakitori (BBQ chicken) were served to the guests.
* We deeply apologize for the technical problem that did not play the national anthem of the FSM properly at the reception.
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