On Saturday, 18th of July 2020, the Tonga-Japan Alumni Association (TJAA) hosted a special Counselling event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tonga and Japan’s established Diplomatic relations. These events were aimed at assisting potential applicants for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarshipds which is now open for application.
The event was held in 2 locations, one on the main island of Tongatapu and another in the Vava'u Islands’ group.
Main Island Tongatapu event
This was held in the conference grounds of Tonga High School and was attended by the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. ISHII Tetsuya, who opened the event with some of words of encouragement. It began from 10:00am and there were 9 alumni members, who volunteered for this event, and they provided counselling for 32 young potential applicants.
Vava'u Islands’ group event
This was held in the Ministry of Tourism’s hall and as there is only a single alumni member of the TJAA residing in Vava'u, Ms. Sandy Tu'ipulotu, she took on all the responsibility of distributing application forms and guidelines to interested applicants and providing counselling on how to fill out applications as well as their fields of study. The Vava'u event also started from 10:00am, and Ms. Sandy Tu'ipulotu was able to provide counselling for 16 young potential applicants.
Every year, Japanese Government offers the scholarships to Tongan nationals, and through such capacity building, hopes to support the development of this country for the future.