Japan-Micronesia Relations

February 11, 2024
Foreign Minister Kamikawa and Hon. Robert, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Micronesia, exchanging memorial gifts
Meeting between Foreign Minister Kamikawa and Hon. Robert, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Micronesia

On February 11, commencing at 3:50 p.m. local time (12:50 p.m. February 11 JST) for approximately 2 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. Lorin S. ROBERT, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Federated States of Micronesia. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

At the outset, Minister Kamikawa stated that through their meeting last December, she renewed her determination to enhance the “kizuna” lasting over 150 years with Micronesia. She also stated that she wanted to strengthen the relationship with Micronesia, a longstanding friend connected by the Pacific Ocean and with whom Japan shares the fundamental values and principles. In response, Secretary Robert stated that it was a pleasure to meet Minister Kamikawa again following their previous meeting last December and that Micronesia has historical and friendly relationship with Japan, which he was eager to further deepen.

Minister Kamikawa explained that as the world faces a historic turning point, it is critical to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law and ensure the world where the human dignity is protected. Minister Kamikawa also stated that taking into account the situational changes in the Pacific region, it is important to strengthen the relations with Pacific Islands countries by meeting the needs of each country.

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

Minister Kamikawa presented a box foiled with Kanazawa gold leaf in the hope of supporting the recovery of those areas affected by Noto Peninsula Earthquake.

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