As part of the activities for the “friendship flight” between Japan and the FSM on June 09 to 13, an eight-member delegation known for their varying expertise in tourism promotion visited the FSM Office of the President on June 12, where they were received by Vice President Alik L. Alik.
Vice President Alik welcomed the delegation at President’s Office Conference Room where he recognized their collective efforts in realizing the Japan-FSM Inaugural Flight and promoting the historical ties between the two countries and their people. The Vice President also highlighted that transportation sector is a great challenge for the FSM Government due to the high input costs, impacting viability for other sectors such as tourism.
On behalf of the delegation, Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki conveyed their appreciation to Vice President Alik. He noted that tourism is not only an economic promotion but also a promotion and exchange of cultures and peoples. In addition, he also expressed their commitment to promoting FSM tourism in Japan, recognizing the need to stabilize the direct flight between Japan and FSM to generate progressive results.
The courtesy visit ended with a group photo and presentation of certificates designating the following eight professionals as Tourism Promotion Ambassadors, promoting the strengthening of friendly relations between the people of the Federated States of Micronesia and the people of Japan.
Ms. Junko Konishi is a leading fashion designer, well known both domestically and internationally, and also holds a Goodwill Ambassador for the Japan’s Government campaign “Tourism Japan” (Yokoso Nippon). Note: She was represented by her husband Mr. Suzuki.
Mr. Seiji Morimae is a Bonsai Master with various positions such as Chairman of US Bonsai Research Organization, Special Advisor to China Bonsai Arts Organization, Visiting Professor of Seihoku Norin University in China.
Mr. Shuji Makino is a former Grand Chef of Hotel Ohkura, also well known as Master of “French Cuisine in Japan”
Mr. Yasuaki Wada is an expert on Fund Management in Hong Kong. Note: He was represented by a member of the delegation
Mr. Shigeru Nakajima is an expert on Food and Nutrition, has held various positions in NGOs and organizations promoting food in Japan
Ms. Eriko Tachibana is an expert in labor management overseeing the work conditions of labors and their social security and insurances. Note: She was represented by her staff Mr. Takayuki Yoshikawa
Mr. Isao Yamamoto & Mrs. Kayo Yamamoto: Mr. Yamamoto is a well known architect and designer; worked and designed over 200 homes for well know people in Japan; also designed a Ferrari (vehicle) special edition.
Mr. Yoichiro Saito is a talented leader of a volunteer group.