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.
Two new buildings were opened at Niu’eiki Hospital in ‘Eua including a Children’s Ward and Clinic on July 18, funded by the Government of Japan at a cost of TOP$175,000 pa’anga.
The Tonga Broadcasting Commission is celebrating its 50 Years Golden Jubilee in Nuku’alofa on July 1-4, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the instalment of a new national AM Medium Wave Transmission Mast at Popua to replace a 50 year old mast operating since the inception of the service in 1961.
A grant assistance of over half a million pa’anga was signed by the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Yasuo Takase, and representatives from three Technical Institutes in Nuku’alofa on March 17.