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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, April 10) – Palau President Tommy Remengesau says he will appoint Daiziro Nakamura as Palau’s ambassador to Japan.

Minister of State Temmy Shmull said last week that the president would name a new nominee for the post so that the Senate could consider it as soon as possible.

"Nakamura would be my next appointment in Japan," Remengesau said.

Nakamura is a member of the Koror State Public Lands Authority. A businessman, he is the brother of former President Kuniwo Nakamura.

The president earlier nominated Masao Ueda for the post but this was rejected by the Senate.

Remengesau at the same time said that services in the country’s embassy in the Philippines should be improved particularly for the medical referral program.

The administration recently recalled the ambassador of Palau to the Philippines, Anita Suta.

"I have asked the Ministry of State, based on the review requested by (the national legislature), to look at the embassy situation and medical referral program in the Philippines. The consensus was on how to better accommodate medical needs of (Palau). The Palau embassy will have to involve itself in trade, labor and tourism promotion and take advantage of the (presence of) various embassies in the Philippines," Remengesau said in his press conference on Wednesday.

He recommended that Suta stay in Palau first before she could be re-assigned to the Philippines.

Remengesau did not name any new nominee for the Philippine post.

April 10, 2006

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