NEW JAPANESE ENVOY ILINO MEETS WITH FIJI PRESIDENT ILOILO

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 26, 2002 – Daily Post)---Japan’s new Ambassador to Fiji, Kenro Ilino, yesterday presented his credentials to the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, at Government House.

Mr. Ilino is not new to Fiji and the Pacific, having being assigned to Fiji in 1979 when the embassy was established. He was then the second secretary.

He began his diplomatic career in 1989 and has worked in a number of countries in the region including Fiji, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Ambassador Ilino said he had a special relationship with the Pacific because many of his posts and work included aid policy work in the Oceania Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He said he was keen to strengthen the existing ties between Fiji and Japan.

He was accompanied by his wife, Yumiko, at yesterday’s ceremony.

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