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By Moneth G. Deposa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Feb. 15) - A Japanese environmental group will sponsor a benefit concert today on Rota in an effort to promote the island and foster friendship and cooperation in the community.

[PIR editor’s note: Rota is the southernmost island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands chain.]

Titled "Nature’s Treasure Island," the concert will be held at the Rota Round House.

Performers will include Jun Nagasawa, a singer and president of Nagasawa Kikaku Corp., and Anzai Maria, another singer from Japan.

Specified Non-Profit Inc. Global Eyes of Japan forged an agreement with former Rota Mayor Benjamin T. Manglona to share information on cultures and traditions, community projects and activities and resource identification.

"This arrangement was started by former Mayor Manglona and we appreciate his enthusiasm in promoting our beautiful island," Rota Mayor Joseph S. Inos said.

The agreement also allows for the sharing of information on training programs, business opportunities, tourism initiatives and other areas of mutual interest to the people of Rota and Japan.

Yesterday, 30 members of Global Eyes, Club Tourism, Media Apple and Nagasawa Kikaku arrived on island for the benefit concert.

Club Tourism and Media Apple are private companies in Japan.

According to Pete Q. Dela Cruz, chairman of Rota’s Economic Recovery Task Force, the initiative is "a positive development which Mayor Inos inherited."

"I intend to be an active partner in this endeavor and nurture its development," he said, adding the entire Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands can benefit from the event.

Dela Cruz said they intend to review the existing memorandum of agreement so that the mayor’s socio-economic vision and the task force’s recommendations can be incorporated.

February 16, 2006

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