On Tuesday, June 7, 2022 Mr. Caley Sumios Adolf of Palau High School and Ms. Jubilee Ungilbung Olkeriil of Mindszenty High School, recipients of this year’s “Japan Ambassador’s award” attended a dinner hosted by H.E. KARASAWA Akira, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, at Elilai Restaurant. Ambassador Karasawa congratulated Mr. Adolf and Ms. Olkeriil on their achievement and encouraged them to continue to learn the Japanese language.

This is the second year since this award was launched to recognize the most outstanding Japanese language students from Palau High School and Mindszenty High School. Principals and Japanese language teachers of both schools and family members of both award recipients also joined the occasion. Mr. Adolf and Ms. Olkeriil delivered their speech in Japanese expressing their appreciation to Ambassador Karasawa for the award and their gratitude to the school principals, teachers and families.

Two Palauans who studied in Japan, Director of the Bureau of Public Works Mr. Brian Melairei, an alumnus of the Japanese Government Scholarship offered by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and Ms. Fenny Ediloi Seklii, who studied in Japan under JICA Pacific-LEADS program, were also in attendance to share their experiences in Japan and to encourage the award recipients to study in Japan.

The Japanese Government has awarded scholarship opportunities to 74 Palauans to study in Japan since 1982. There are three types of scholarships (Specialized Training College, Undergraduate and Research programs) that are now open for applications until June 17, 2022. Applications, guidelines, and other information are available through the Embassy of Japan in Ngerkebesang, and the Embassy’s website at https://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/education.html. For more details, contact the Embassy of Japan at 488-6455/6.

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