to Commemorate the 7th Anniversary of Their Majesties’ Visit to Peleliu

On April 9, Ambassador of Japan Akira Karasawa participated in the ceremony held by the Peleliu State Government to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the visit to the state by Their Majesties Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko. The ceremony was attended by many guests including Vice President and Minister of Justice Uduch Sengebau-Senior, Peleliu State Governor Emais Roberts, Delegate Nace Soalablai, former Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull, and other Palauan government officials and many Japanese residents in Palau. This ceremony is held every year to commemorate Their Majesties’ historic visit to the Republic of Palau, especially to the State of Peleliu on April 9, 2015.

Welcoming the participation of Japanese residents, including Ambassador Karasawa, Governor Roberts said, “I think the importance is to celebrate, to give thanks for the partnership and commitment that the Government and people of Japan provided for Palau. So I am very honored to hold this ceremony for the first time in three years due to the COVID-19 situation.

Expressing her congratulations on behalf of the Republic of Palau, Vice President Sengebau-Senior said, “Today we commemorate the bond between Japan and Palau, and the auspicious visit of Their Majesties in 2015, which cements the family relationship that we have”.

Expressing his deep appreciation for the Peleliu State Government’s annual celebration of the visit of Their Majesties the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita by designating April 9 as a public holiday for the State of Peleliu, Ambassador Karasawa also stated, “As Ambassador of Japan to Palau, I will continue to make every effort to further develop Japan-Palau friendship, which was greatly advanced by the historic visit of Their Majesties to the State of Peleliu”.

Former Governor Shmull, who was the governor of Peleliu when Their Majesties visited the state, vividly shared his memories of Their Majesties’ visit.

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