Vice President Yosiwo P. George on a Working Visit to Japan
Press Release #1704-05

Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
April 25, 2017

The Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the FSM, paid an official working visit to Japan from April 11 to 15, 2017.  The purpose of this trip was to explore vocational opportunities in Japan and to meet with colleges, key officials, and organizations to discuss these opportunities.

The trip provided
Vice President George the opportunity to thank the people and government of Japan for its economic assistance over the years – which has played an important part in the economic development of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The trip also provided opportunities to look further into strengthening cooperation in the fields of goodwill exchanges, education and capacity building of the country’s human resources.

While in Tokyo, the Vice
President held a meeting with the Chairman and other members of the Japan-FSM Parliamentary Friendship League, where friendly exchanges on important issues concerning the FSM and Japan were discussed. Both sides committed to working together for the mutual benefit of the two countries, acknowledged the development taking place in bilateral relations, and encouraged more interactions at all levels to further strengthen the existing relations between the peoples and government of the two countries taking into consideration the upcoming 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2018. Vice President also held a meeting with the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) and a visit to the Pacific Island Center (PIC).

The program of the visit also included
Konan City in Aichi Prefecture, Aichi Konan Community College, and Hakuho College in Nara Prefecture. In his interactions with officials and representatives of Konan City, Konan Community College and Hakuho College, the Vice President reiterated his desire to further nurture the good relations, and hoped to identify and promote educational as well as capacity building opportunities for students of the FSM.

The delegation of the Vice President consisted of the Second Lady Mrs. Antelise George, Special Assistant to Vice President Mr. Herman Semes Jr., FSM Department of Education Post-Secondary Administrator Ms. Joyleen Sienes, accompanied by Ambassador Fritz and First Secretary Suenaga
from the FSM Embassy in Tokyo. The delegation arrived in Tokyo and departed from Osaka.