PRIME Minister Rick Hou arrived in Tokyo, Japan on Monday this week ahead of the Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting (PALM 8).
The Prime Minister and his Foreign Affairs Minister Milner Tozaka yesterday held a bilateral meeting with the Japan’s Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Shunichi Suzuki.
During the meeting, Minister Suzuki briefed the Prime Minister on Japan’s preparations ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
He said Japan will not only host the 2020 Games but will also support in the preparations of athletes in the Pacific Island countries.
“Apart from the Games, we will also take this opportunity to strengthen our people to people relations with the Pacific Island countries like Solomon Islands,” he said.
The Olympic Minister said Japan is prepared to host the best and greatest Olympic and Paralympic Games ever.
In response, Prime Minister Hou thanked Mr Suzuki for his invitation to have an audience with the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Hou also highlighted the importance of the people to people relations through sports and welcomes the initiative by the Japanese Government as part of the 2020 Games.
The Prime Minister also informed Mr Suzuki that like Japan, Solomon Islands is also preparing to host the Pacific Games 2023.
As such, the Prime Minister thanked Japan in leading the way in infrastructure developments that will supplement preparations towards the Pacific Games.
The Prime Minister and Minister Suzuki have also discussed training proposals between both countries.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hou has also met with the Honorary Consular of Solomon Islands in Japan Mr Takahiro Kitano.
A reception was also hosted by the Japan – Solomon Islands Friendship Association Mr Issei Inoue.