Japan-Samoa Relations

February 10, 2024
Meeting between Foreign Minister Kamikawa and Hon. Mulipola, Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Samoa

On February 10, commencing at 3:00 p.m local time (11:00 a.m.JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who was visiting the Independent State of Samoa, held a meeting with Hon. MULIPOLA Anarosa Ale Molio’o, Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Independent State of Samoa. The overview is as follows.

At the outset, Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan and Samoa are friends with a half-century of history and are important partners who share fundamental values. She also expressed her intention to further strengthen bilateral relations in this occasion of her visit.

Minister Kamikawa explained that with Japan’s strong support for the "2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent" of the Pacific Island Countries and Region, Japan had undertaken various cooperation for Samoa through bilateral efforts and also the Pacific Islands Leaders' Meeting (PALM) process. In response, Minister Mulipola expressed her appreciation for Japan's longstanding cooperation for Samoa.

Minister Kamikawa stated that she was promoting "Women, Peace, and Security" (WPS) in addressing issues affecting human dignity, and noted that a leadership training session was organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Samoa last March for the World Tsunami Day in order to develop a tsunami disaster prevention plan with an emphasis on women's perspectives. She also expressed her respect for Minister Mulipola’s efforts for the development of the entire society, including women and children.

Minister Kamikawa expressed her gratitude for Minister Mulipola's sympathy for the Noto Peninsula earthquake, and presented a box foiled with Kanazawa gold leaf in hope for the recovery of the affected areas.

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