FIJI’S Embassy in Tokyo, commissioned, Chikayuki Shimizu as Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Ebetsu, Hokkaido in Japan.
The inauguration was marked by the official handing over of the Consular Commission, which was signed by Fijian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Voreqe Bainimarama, by His Excellency, Isikeli Mataitoga to Shimizu.
Senior government officials, business affiliates, representatives of NGOs and academia attended the commissioning along with other invited guests.
The special advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Seiichi Eto was the guest of honour.
While solemnizing the occasion, Ambassador Mataitoga congratulated Shimizu and on behalf of the Fijian Government expressed profound gratitude for his credence.
He highlighted Fiji’s long-standing policy of establishing and maintaining friendly relations with countries that have demonstrated genuine goodwill towards Fiji which underpins the reason for the establishment of the new Honorary Consulate in Hokkaido.
Ambassador Mataitoga said it is also a reflection of the goodwill enjoyed between Japan and Fiji since 1970 in the promotion of economic, commercial and people-to-people relations between the two countries.
“It is hoped that the presence of the new Consulate office will also promote greater public diplomacy in the form of people to people exchanges through sports, educational and cultural with the people of Hokkaido,” he said.
Fiji’s has good prospects in Hokkaido given their commonalities in the area of ICT or back office operations.
Moreover, Ambassador Mataitoga said Hokkaido is perceived as region advancing the cluster for the manufacturing industry, in particular local concentration of automotive and electronic parts companies.
Also, it is gaining attention in the food-related industry, where the food resources produced in Hokkaido are locally manufactured.
Fiji now has three Honorary Consuls in Japan, resident in three different prefectures.
The commissioning was held at the Ceramic Art Center Ebetsu on February 8, 2018.