Special Advisor to Japan Prime Minister Kentaro Sonoura delivering speech before Ministry of Education (MOE) officials during his visit in Palau on August 26.

Japan Prime Minister’s Special Advisor Kentaro Sonoura visited Palau for the second time this year to meet with the local officials and discuss some cooperation in the areas of tourism and fisheries.

In an interview with the Times, Sonoura said that he had an engagement with President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Vice President Raynold Oilouch, State Minister Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, and Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism Minister Umiich Sengebau but did not provide specific details about the meetings.

Sonoura, however, said that the discussions in the meetings revolved around the areas of tourism and fisheries. He also said that Japan would like to seize the opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Japan and Palau’s diplomatic relationship.

Palau and Japan officially established diplomatic ties on November 2, 1994, shortly after the former gained its independence on October 1, 1994.

Sonoura said that Japan will be sending fisheries experts to Palau and the details about the cooperation has yet to be discussed in the future.

Sonoura was accompanied by member of Japan’s House of Representative Nishime Kosaburo, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Tabata, Tourism Resources Division Director Atsuya Kawada, and International Fisheries Coordination Director Takumi Fukuda.

The Japan Prime Minister’s Special Advisor also attended a handover ceremony for a school bus donated by the Japan government to the Ministry of Education (MOE) on August 26.

Japan’s new ambassador to Palau Akira Karasawa also attended the short ceremony.

Karasawa previously said that he will use his knowledge in agriculture and aquaculture to help develop Palau’s ‘industrial potential.’ (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)