PALAU NEWS COVERAGE IN JAPAN AS SPINF/PINA MEDIA EXCHANGE CONTINUES

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TOKYO, Japan (April 1, 2001 - PINA Nius Online)---Palau has received extensive coverage in Japan’s news media following the latest visit under a successful Japan-Pacific Islands news media exchange program.

Special reports on Palau were published in the Yaeyama Daily and over Miyako TV over a three-day period.

Journalists from Japan's islands visited Palau under the Japan-Pacific Islands news media exchange. This is sponsored by the Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund (SPINF) and run in partnership with the regional Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

The reports by the Japanese journalists included highlighting Palau's concern for environment preservation and the people-to-people links between Palau and Japan.

Japan administered Palau under a League of Nations mandate during the early part of the last century and Okinawans, from the Japanese islands nearest Palau, have settled in Palau.

The program in Palau was hosted by the Palau Horizon newspaper, a PINA member, and coordinated by Laila Younis, operations manager of the Marianas Variety newspaper group.

The Japanese journalists were accompanied by Rieko Hayakawa, program coordinator for the Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund.

Their program in Palau included an interview with Palau's President, Tommy Remengesau, Jr.

PINA members from Palau and the Northern Marianas later will go to Japan on a return visit.

The annual exchange program focuses on links between the Pacific Islands and Japan's subtropical outer islands, rather than Tokyo and other major Japanese cities.

News media executives and journalists from PINA members throughout the Pacific Islands have gone to Japan on the program.

The Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund and PINA are also partners in a senior journalists' fellowship. This enables senior PINA journalists to make extended visits to Japan on Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund fellowships to report on Japan-Pacific Islands issues.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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