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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 8, 2001 - PINA Nius Online)---Former Fiji president and prime minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara led a panel discussion on the "Pacific Way" this week during an international symposium in Osaka, Japan.

[Considered the senior statesman of the Pacific Islands region, Ratu Mara first coined the term "Pacific Way" -- in which "people of different races, opinions and cultures can live and work together for the good of all, can differ without rancor, govern without malice, and accept responsibility as reasonable people intent on serving the interests of all."]

The Japanese symposium’s overall theme is: "Solidarity with the Pacific Island Countries in the 21st Century."

Ratu Mara chaired the discussion on "The Pacific Way: Seeking a Common World." Discussion focused on his memoires, "The Pacific Way," which was recently translated into Japanese.

The panel of discussants included Palau’s former President Kuniwo Nakamura and former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare.

The panel identified the "Pacific Way" as the strongest force to ensure the Pacific region’s solidarity, and yet retain its own distinct identity, in the globalize 21st Century.

Symposium members were drawn from various affiliates of Japan’s Institute for Pacific Studies, including both development academics and practitioners.

Following the Osaka event, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara left for a brief sightseeing tour of Kyoto, the former capital city of Japan, on his way to address a related seminar in Tokyo, organized by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), on Friday.

While in Tokyo, Ratu Mara will meet with Japan’s former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, as well as Japan’s current Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.

He will also be hosted by the Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund and the Japan-Fiji Friendship Association.

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