Forming persons to persons relationships through projects -Press Tour in Nuku’alofa on Japan’s economic assistance-

On Tuesday, 12 November 2019 the Embassy of Japan in Nuku’alofa hosted local media to the Press Tour, updating on the current and the latest on Japan’s economic assistance to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Media representatives were welcomed by H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to Tonga and H.E. were emphasized that the press tour is to deepen understanding on Japan’s economic assistance based on the policy of “Seeing is Believing.” The Ambassador further explained the main values of Japan’s assistance, which are long lasting, safe, and technologically advanced. The Ambassador also focused on the importance of persons’ role in each project.

The tour began at the broadcasting building which is currently under construction for the Project for Introduction of Nationwide Early Warning System and Strengthening Disaster Communications, the “NEWS” Project, at the Tonga Broadcasting Commission, Fasi mo e Afi. Media met Mr. Keiji Nagai, Construction Project Manager who led the project briefing on the site, with the attendance of Hon. Poasi Tei, Tonga’s Minister for MEIDECC. Hon. Poasi Tei, while expressing his appreciations to the people of Japan, pointed out that this project will further promote Tonga’s preparations for tsunami and cyclone and save lives of the people as well as contributing to the employment opportunities in Tonga.

The NEWS project will construct a two story headquarter broadcasting building and a single story generator hut at Tonga Broadcasting Commission, and a single story middle wave transmitter hut and antenna at Popua.

Japan’s GGP assistance on building a classroom for the Free Wesleyan Church Fasi moe Afi Kindergarten and JICA’s volunteer scheme, teaching soroban was also included in the press tour. Demonstration and learning firsthand basic of using soroban abacus inspired media representatives. JICA’s volunteer program to Tonga started in 1973 and to date over 500 volunteer from Japan have assisted Tonga in various fields.

Media acknowledged the Press Tour, highlighting that it is vital to better understand Japan’s economic assistance to better inform the people through their news coverage.

The Embassy of Japan appreciated and thanked stakeholders that assisted in arranging this Press Tour.

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