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Japan to host next Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in May 2018

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Japan will host the eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8) in Iwaki City, Fukishima prefecture, in May 2018.

Japanese ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura said the meeting was held once in every three years since 1997, Fiji Times reports.

“This is an important meeting where leaders of 14 Pacific Island countries get together and we are hoping they all will participate again come next year,” he said.

Omura said Japan was also promoting various forms of exchange programmes for Fiji.

The programmes included government-funded scholarships, JENESYS programmes for students, JET programmes to invite English teachers as well as rugby coaches and Pacific LEADS Program to invite young government officials for Master’s Degree programmes.

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