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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Nov. 2) – A Japanese trade mission is to arrive in Honiara this month to seek ways to boost trade relations between the two countries.

The Charge 'd Affaires of Japan, Katshuhiko Kubo, confirmed that an eight-member mission headed by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) executive Vice-President Takashi Saito will arrive on November 12.

Kubo said the delegation will visit some of the country's leaders to discuss how Japan and Solomon Islands can strengthen trade and business relations.

JETRO is a Japanese government organization assigned to promote trade and business links with the Solomon Islands and other Pacific Islands nation as mandated in the Okinawa Initiative at the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting held last year in Japan.

JETRO chose to visit Papua New Guinea, where a strong business link has already been established with Japan, as well as Solomon Islands among the Pacific Islands nations.

The Embassy of Japan says the trade between Japan and Solomon Islands has not fully recovered and JETRO sees the potential of boosting business opportunities in both Solomon Islands and Japan.

November 3, 2004

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

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