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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, March 30) – The Japanese government has awarded scholarships to three Solomon Islanders to study in Japan for the next three years.

They are Department of Agriculture and Livestock officer Samson Vilu and King George Sixth School students Malynda Tokuru and Caroline Rebaio.

Mr Vilu is the winner of a research scholarship while Ms Tokuru and Ms Rebaio are winners of the special training college scholarship which attracted some 300 applicants from around Solomon Islands.

Japan’s Charge d’Affaire His Excellency Koichi Kodama said Mr Vilu will be attending Gifu University’s Faculty of Applied Biological Science course in food and life science.

The course duration is two years including six months preparatory Japanese language course.

Mr Kodama said Ms Tokuru and Ms Rebaio’s scholarship is for three years, which included a year of preparatory Japanese course at Osaka Japanese Language Education Centre.

He said from the second year Ms Tokuru will continue her studies at Tokyo YMCA College of Hotel Management while Ms Rebaio will remain in Osaka to study at the Trajal Hospitality Tourism College.

Both girls will be majoring in hospitality management.

Mr Vilu said they would be doing their best as Solomon Islands representatives in their different schools and would not let down the Japanese Embassy, which selected them to undergoing the training.

Mr Kodama, however, assured other Solomon Islanders that more Japanese government scholarships will be advertised in May and urged those wishing to study in Japan to apply.

Mr Vilu, Ms Tokuru and Ms Rebaio will be leaving for Japan next month.

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