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TOKYO, Japan (May 3, 1998 - FSM)---The new Ambassador of the Federated States of Micronesia to Japan, Alik L. Alik, presented his credentials to Emperor Akihito of Japan last week (April 27) at the Akasaka Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Among those attending the ceremony were several officials of the Japanese government and FSM Minister James A. Naich and First Secretary John S. Fritz.

Government-to-government relations between the FSM and Japan were formalized in 1988.

Japan is a major donor country to the FSM and an important partner in the FSM's development and economic reforms.

The second Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Alik succeeded Ambassador Masao Nakayama, presently FSM representative to the United Nations.

Prior to Alik's appointment as Ambassador to Japan, Alik as Ambassador to Fiji and, several other Pacific countries. He joined the FSM Foreign service in 1984.

Ambassador Alik was born in 1953 in Kosrae, where he completed his primary and secondary education.

He began his college studies at the United States International University at Maui, Hawaii and earned his undergraduate degree from Graceland College in Iowa.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he participated in a two-year paralegal training program at the University of Hawaii Law School.

After joining the FSM Foreign Service, he also attended diplomatic training programs conducted by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State.

For Further Information Contact: FSM Embassy/Tokyo Tel: 03-3585-5456 FAX: 03-3585-5348

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