File Photo: Rhealyn C. Pojas

Palau and Japan’s Flag carried by Palauan law enforcers in a ceremony in Palau. (File Photo/ Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Palau and Japan are going to co-host an international yacht race as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Palau’s Independence and the 160th anniversary of the opening of Japan’s Yokohama Port this year.

A website had just been put up very recently promoting the event and calling for participants to join the race which will kick off on December 29, 2019.

The upcoming non-stop race dubbed as the 2019-2020 Japan-Palau Goodwill Yacht Race will run for two weeks and will start from the Yokohama Bay Bridge in Yokohama Port to the finish line in Palau’s Toachel Mlengui (West Passage).

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. was also appointed as the Honorary Chairman for the race through the request of Palau Honorary Consul General in Yokohama Kohta Fujiki.

In a letter of response dated October 26, 2018, Remengesau approved of the proposed yacht race and accepted the request to serve as the honorary chairman.

“…to hold this event during our respective anniversaries will be the most opportune time to display the mutual values we, Palau and Japan, have nurtured and preserved over many years of friendship,” Remengesau stated in the letter.

“I thank you for your continued commitment and efforts as Palau’s Honorary Consul General in Yokohama ad I thank you for this important initiative that will surely be a successful celebration of Yokohama’s historic port, Palau’s Independence, and showcase of Japan and Palau’s genuine and close relationship,” Remengesau’s letter further read.

Yokohama Port first opened its doors to foreign trade on June 2, 1859 and is the first modern international trading port in Japan.  Meanwhile, Palau is also going to celebrate its silver anniversary on October 1 following its independence in 1994. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)