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HONOLULU, Hawaii (January 12, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS)---The government of Japan has awarded the Honolulu-based East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) a contribution of $400,000 in continuing financial support.

PIDP, in addition to research and training activities, serves as the Secretariat for both the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, an organization of the Presidents and Prime Ministers of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, and the United States-Pacific Islands Nations Joint Commercial Commission (JCC).

In announcing the contribution, Japan’s Consul General in Hawaii, Kishichiro Amae, said, "This contribution expresses the strong commitment of the Japanese government to the sustainable development of the countries and the improvement of the people’s well-being in the Pacific region."

The Japanese award will help support scholarships for Pacific Island undergraduate and graduate students, among other PIDP activities.

Since 1978, Japan has contributed over $3.2 million to the East-West Center and PIDP.

Formal presentation of the Japanese government’s 1998 check to PIDP will take place today during formal ceremonies at the East-West Center’s Jefferson Hall.

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