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Tonga marks Emperor Akihito’s 80th Birthday

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08 December 2013 : Messages of warm and heartfelt wishes from His Majesty King Tupou VI, the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga were being conveyed to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito on His 80th Birthday by the Honorable Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Tu’ivakano on December 5 during a Reception held at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence.

The reception to commemorate the 80th Birthday of His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, was attended by The Princess Royal, Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita, the Hon. Lord Tuita and distinguished members of Government, Parliament, community and other Foreign Missions in Tonga.

“It is our sincere wishes that His Imperial Majesty The Emperor and members of the Imperial Family continue to enjoy good health, prosperity and profound happiness,” expressed the Prime Minister in addressing the occasion. “Furthermore, we reaffirm that the official visits of the two royal households to each countries, has continued to forge close and personal ties between the Tongan Royal Family and the Japanese Imperial Household.”

“The Birthday of His Imperial Majesty is often a moment of solemn reflection for the People of Japan – and it is an opportunity to renew my commitment and determination as the Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga, “ said His Excellency Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, who hosted the reception. “On such an occasion this reaffirms our duties and missions to promote our long-standing and cordial friendship between Japan and the Kingdom of Tonga,” His Excellency added.

The Prime Minister further highlighted that Tongan citizens have been fortunate to enhance their individual endeavours through scholarships and opportunities to study and play rugby in Japan, as a result remittances and establishment of local businesses had contributed enormously to the Tongan economy.

“Tonga continues to benefit from Japan’s ongoing bilateral assistance programs, and have shared successful cooperation in a wide range of areas including trade, sports, marine research, infrastructure, education and health,” said the Honourable Prime Minister.

“Japanese Language and soroban remains the gateway to intercultural understanding –and the Embassy remains committed to promoting these two areas as cornerstones and historical legacy of Japan’s bilateral relationship,” said Ambassador Hamuro. The Embassy and the Tonga Institute of Education (TIOE) has launched a Japanese Language Centre- a small classroom that houses big dreams and hopes for the people of both countries.  The JENESIS 2.0 program is also an example of people-to-people exchange programs between Tonga and Japan.

Japan economic cooperation also extends its assistance to Tonga’s energy sector with Remote Islands
Solar Home System Projects.

In the past three years, bilateral relations has further flourished with the reciprocation of the establishments of the Embassy of Japan in Nuku’alofa in and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga in Tokyo in 2012.

Two months ago, the Second Ministerial Meeting (MM2) of the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) in Tokyo enabled Tonga’s Prime Minister to meet with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Kishida,  as in other multilateral meetings of the IRENA, Pacific Energy Summit and Pacific Islands Forum to discuss issues concerning the bilateral relations of the two nations.,

Next year Tonga will host the 2014 Trade Investment Symposium and in 2015, Japan will host the 7th Pacific Leaders Meeting (PALM 7) in Fukushima  - and will be an opportunity for Japan and Tonga to celebrate the 45th year anniversary of establishment of the diplo matic relation since 1970.

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