THE new Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands, His Excellency, Mr Shigeru Toyama has presented his credentials to the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui at the Government House last Friday.
Ambassador Toyama replaces former Ambassador Kenichi Kimiya whose term ended recently.
The new Ambassador has pledged to maintain and promote the existing friendship and goodwill between Japan and Solomon Islands during his term in Office.
“It is my great pleasure that I have been appointed to serve in your country, located in the Pacific Ocean and with opportunities to improve and to expand excellent relations with Japan in many fields,” he said.
Sir Frank formally welcomed Ambassador Toyama, saying the friendship between Japan and Solomon Islands has been excellent over the years.
He noted that the bilateral assistance from Japan has been of great benefit to Solomon Islands, highlighting, projects such as the current Honiara Road Improvement Project as an example.
“We are sure that the friendship between Japan and Solomon Islands will continue into the future for the benefit of our two countries,” Sir Frank said.
Sir Frank also highlighted that Japan and Solomon Islands have historical connections dating back to the World War II during which Japanese soldiers fought and died in Solomon Islands.
“In this respect, we are happy to have been part of the Japanese effort to recover the remains of loved ones to be returned to Japan for their final rest,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sir Frank assured Ambassador Toyama of the Government’s ongoing support to the international desires of Japan saying Solomon Islands and her people look forward to working with the new Ambassador during his term in office.