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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 10, 2000 – The National)---The relationship between Papua New Guinea and Japan was further strengthened last week with a presentation of audio-visual equipment to the National Museum and Art Gallery.

The equipment, costing a total of K 16,000 (US$ 6,079), plus a donation of US$ 1,000 were presented to National Museum director Soroi Eoe and Board of Trustees president Sir Paulius Matane by Prof. Yasuyuki Kurita of the National Museum of Ethnology (NME) in Osaka, Japan and Shigeaki Aihara of the Toppan Printing Company of Japan.

The equipment will be used during a joint research project between the NME and the National Museum and Art Gallery.

The project, entitled "Multimedia as a Form of Education for Ethnology," will be mutually beneficial and video research footage will be shot with the cooperation of the National Museum and Art Gallery.

The tapes will be sent to Japan for editing and copies returned to the National Museum for use during school holiday programs, seminars and conferences.

Senior National Museum education officer Michael Kisombo, who recently returned from a six month Japan International Cooperation Agency training program in Osaka, initiated the assistance provided.

"This project is of mutual benefit to both countries in that it allows for an exchange of knowledge and information. It is the first of its kind for our institution," Mr. Kisombo said.

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