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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 2) – The Japanese cruise ship Asuka is to visit Papua New Guinea next January with some 450 Japanese tourists.

The Captain of the ship, Saburo Tanaka, and PNG Japan Ltd managing director Masaru Tatsuzawa, are in the country mapping out areas the tourists might be interested to visit.

The tourists are planning a 40-day stay in the country.

Mr Tatsuzawa said the vessel will land in Madang about 100 tourist will disembark and fly to Goroka, and then onto Tari in Southern Highlands province before leaving the mainland for Rabaul in East New Britain province.

The vessel will spend only one night in Madang before departing for Cairns, Australia, where the 100 tourist will fly there from PNG and join their other colleagues before the ship departs for New Zealand.

The ship’s captain Mr Tanaka said Asuka is the biggest Japanese tourist cruise ship based in Tokyo Japan.

He said the vessel is fitted with hospitality facilities and weighs 22,000 tons and can hold up to 1,000 people.

The two men were taken on a quick tour around Goroka yesterday, including visits to Usioto and Wara-Bena villages in Asaro where they were entertained by the famous Asaro mudmen and were shown the traditional fire-making method.

February 2, 2004

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