President Whipps' Visit to Japan

2024/6/17
From June 3 to 5, 2024, H.E. Surangel S. WHIPPS Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, visited Japan for the 4th time since taking office in January 2021.

Japan - Palau Summit Meeting

On June 4, commencing at 7:10 p.m. for approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes, Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio held a Japan-Palau Summit Meeting and Working Dinner with President Whipps.

 
  
(Photo: Cabinet Public Affiairs Office)
 
 Japan-Palau Summit Meeting (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web Page)
See the link here for its highlights.

Luncheon hosted by Japan-Palau Parliamentary Friendship League

On June 5, President Whipps was invited to a luncheon hosted by Japan-Palau Parliamentary Friendship League Chairman Mr. SHIMOMURA Hakubun, Member of the House of Representatives. They reaffirmed the unwavering friendship between 🇯🇵and 🇵🇼and committed to continuing to nurture the ties for many more years to come.

 
   

Meetings

On June 4, President Whipps received a courtesy call by Mr. Ezoe, trustee of the Institute and discussed how the Institute can contribute to expanding opportunities for Palauan students to learn Japanese in Japan. See the link below for the scholarship information
 
  
 

On June 4, President Whipps had a lunch meeting with Dr. Yoshino, Advisor to the Palau Ministry of Finance (and member of the Compact-Mandated Palau Economic Advisory Group, and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Keio University). Both concurred to work even more closely together to introduce savings bonds system to Palau.
   

On June 4, President Whipps met with Mr. Suzuki, General Manager of Overseas Business Office, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEOCO), and welcomed TEPCO’s assistance to enhance power grid capacity and maintenance in Palau through human resources development.
   
 
On June 5, President Whipps met with Mr. Sawa, CEO of Shinsei Fish Inc., and Mr. Takamatsu, CEO of Kyowa Shipping Co., and concurred to enhance Japan-Palau fisheries cooperation.
 
       

                           

Press Conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

On June 5, President Whipps spoke at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan to discuss the purpose of his fourth visit to Japan, which came out a month before the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM10). "We are here to rejuvenate the tourism industry and also work with Japan on fishing but also address other common challenges like climate change and other things," said President Whipps. He also mentioned that maintaining a Free and Open Indo-Pacific and peace in the region is essential for prosperity, sharing his belief that "we are stronger together, especially with friends and partners from Japan who we consider a family."

 
See the link here for the full version


 

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