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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. Mar. 29) – Solomon Islands Minister of Commerce, Industries and Employment Walton Naezon held discussions yesterday in Tokyo with Japanese companies interested in investing in the Solomon Islands.

Mr Naezon was in Japan to attend the opening of the 2005 World Expo in the southern city of Nagoya last Thursday but has moved to Tokyo for the meetings which started Monday.

Naezon, accompanied by the Under Secretary in his Ministry, Henry Pika, met with Solomon Islands Honorary Consular in Japan and businessman, Tsuguto Kitano.

Minister Naezon says the discussions with Mr Kitano were very fruitful.

The Minister briefed Mr Kitano about his visit to Agui town, the Solomon Islands sister town for the Expo and the draft programme for the National Day celebrations at the Expo on July 13th.

He says Mr Kitano has said he will be able to attend the Solomon Islands National Day celebrations at the Expo in July.

They also discussed other issues including mining, tourism, sports and air services.

Yesterday Mr Naezon was expected to meet officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo and visit the Pacific Islands Center there.

He will also meet with the Cosmo Oil company and JETRO.

Mr Naezon and his Undersecretary, Mr Pika will leave Tokyo later today for Honiara through Australia.

March 30, 2005

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