Japan-Fiji Relations

February 12, 2024
Photo session
Photo of the meeting

On February 12, commencing at 9:35 p.m. local time (6:35 p.m. JST) for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who was visiting Suva, the Republic of Fiji, to attend the PALM 5th Ministerial Interim Meeting, held a meeting with Hon. Manoa KAMIKAMICA, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for External Trade, Cooperatives and SMEs of the Republic of Fiji. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

At the outset, Minister Kamikawa expressed her intention to further strengthen cooperative ties based on common values and principles in addition to their "kizuna", and her gratitude for assistance by the Government of Fiji for hosting the PALM 5th Ministerial Interim Meeting.

Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan strongly supported the "2050 Strategy for Blue Pacific Continent", including its security aspects, and thus would like to cooperate with Fiji in promoting cooperation aligned with the Strategy. In response, Deputy Prime Minister Kamikamica welcomed her idea and expressed his appreciation to the Government and people of Japan for its cooperation over the years. Both sides shared the importance of Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) , and confirmed to work together to strengthen relationship between Japan and Fiji.

Minister Kamikawa expressed her sincere gratitude for Prime Minister Lambuka's support for Japan's efforts to ensure the safety of ALPS treated water. In response, referring to the comprehensive report issued by IAEA, Minister Kamikamica expressed his appreciation for Japan’s efforts in providing explanation in a highly transparent manner.

The Ministers concurred to work even more closely toward the PALM 10 to be held this year.

Minister Kamikawa expressed her gratitude for Minister Kamikamica’s condolences and sympathy for the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, and presented a box foiled with Kanazawa gold leaf in the hope of supporting the recovery of the affected areas.

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