File Photo: Rhealyn C. Pojas

Japanese Ambassador Toshiyuki Yamada is set to leave Palau on May 13 as his term ends after serving as ambassador to the country for over two years.

A farewell dinner party was hosted by the office of the president for Yamada on May 7 at the Palau Royal Resort (PRR).

Yamada, in his speech during the event, said that when he came here, he was impressed by the friendship that Palau and Japan have.

“The friendly relations between Japan and Palau will flourish in the years to come, and [I’m] hoping we could meet somewhere again in the future. I will never forget your support and kindness,” the outgoing ambassador said.

Yamada even said that once his back to Japan, he would continue to promote Palau using Information and Communications Technology(ICT) which he said is his expertise.

Yamada arrived in Palau in November 2016 and had since served as Japan’s ambassador to the country for two and a half years.

During his stint as ambassador,Special Advisor to Prime Minister Kentaro Sonoura and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Norikazu Suzuki were able to visit Palau twice.Several Japanese projects were also implemented in Palau during his tenure among which include a Water Supply Project which was completed in May 2018, the rehabilitation of the Mariculture Demonstration Center (MDC) which finally opened in April, the construction of the national landfill,and the renovation and expansion of the Palau International Airport. A Japan economic mission was also conducted during his term.

“The success of all these events I mentioned could not have been achieved without the strong support [of]President [Tommy] Remengesau and Palauan government,” Yamada said in his speech.

The Japan Embassy in Palau told Island Times that a new ambassador to the country is not yet determined. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)