The Government of Japan has committed $2.95 million pa’anga for the installation of a micro-grid control system at the Maamai Mai Solar Farm and a 1 mega-watt photovoltaic generator at Vaini to help Tonga’s Energy Road Map move forward.
On March 11, 2013, Japan remembers the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. People across Japan are holding events to pay tribute to the memory of loved victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
The President of the Asian Development Bank ADB, President Haruhiko Kuroda has submitted his resignation from ADB, effective 18 March 2013.
The 79th birthday of Emperor Akihito of Japan was celebrated in Tonga with a reception hosted by the new Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro on 28 November, at his residence in ’Anana, and attended by Tonga’s King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u, when guest speakers noted the strengthening of diplomatic ties between Tonga and Japan. Photos by Linny Folau
The people of Houma were overjoyed today, as a new Water Supply System funded by the Government of Japan was turned on and handed over for their daily use.
Twenty-two students from high schools and tertiary institutes in Tonga will travel to Japan for three-weeks under the inaugural ‘Kizuna Project’, a youth exchange program aimed to promote other countries understanding of Japan’s road to recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake, in March 2011.
HE Mr Yasuo Takase, Japan’s first resident Ambassador to Tonga departs for Japan on Saturday, October 20 after three-years of service.
HE Ms Tania Tupou, Tonga’s first Resident Ambassador to Japan started in her new post at the Government of Tonga’s new embassy located at Minato-ku in Tokyo, on October 1.
In committing just over TOP$1 million pa’anga from the Government of Japan to fund community projects including the upgrade of water supply systems in four villages in Tongatapu and the construction of new classrooms for Vava’u Side School, the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga urged the recipients “to manage the facilities and equipment properly so they can last as long as our long-standing friendship.”
Japan’s first resident Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Yasuo Takase will leave Tonga in mid-October at the end of a three and a half years term, during which he saw the completion of the new Vaiola Hospital funded by Japan, as well as the implementation of solar power projects, and the strengthening of relations between the two countries and their royal families.