Japanese Minister To Address Palau’s Olbiil Era Kelulau

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Nobuteru Ishihara to be given honorary citizenship title

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Jan. 9, 2014) – Palau’s Senate and House of Delegates, the Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK), will have a joint session on January 14 at 11 a.m. at the Senate chamber to welcome the president of Japan-Palau Parliamentary Friendship League and Japan Minister of Environment, Nobuteru Ishihara.

Ishihara, who is a member of the House of Representatives in the National Diet of Japan and former Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party, will be visiting Palau on January 11-15.

Ishihara was invited to address the OEK in joint session to discuss ways in which Japan and Palau may strengthen existing social, political and economic ties.

On Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s sessions of the House and Senate, respectively, a House Joint Resolution was adopted to bestow the prestigious title of Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Palau upon Ishihara.

The resolution showed that the bestowing of Honorary Citizen title to Ishihara is in recognition of his many generous efforts toward world conservation that benefit the people of Palau.

Ishihara, as stated in the resolution, is deeply engaged in the areas of environmentalism, conservation, global climate change and the promotion of renewable energy sources.

Ishihara recently expressed Japan’s assurance that it is committed to providing support to developing countries in the amount of $16 billion.

The resolution disclosed that Ishihara received Bachelor of Arts in Faculty of Literature from Keio University, the top university in Japan and one of the top universities in the world.

In 1990, he entered politics and has since held numerous positions within the government of Japan, including that of Minister of State for Administrative and Regulatory Reform, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Minister of Environment (to the Abe Cabinet) and Minister of State for the Corporation in Nuclear Emergency Preparedness.

Prior to Ishihara’s visit to the OEK, he will be witnessing the GGP grant contract signing between Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiro Tajiri and Aimeliik Elementary School Principal Jeremiah Tem at the President’s conference room in Melekeok at 3 p.m. on January 13.

At 4:15 p.m. on the same day, there will be JCM (Joint Crediting Mechanism) signing ceremony between Ishihara, representing Japan, and Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce Minister Charles Obichang, representing Palau.

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