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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 – The people of Saint Lucia are expected to benefit tremendously from the strengthening of bilateral relations between the governments of Saint Lucia and Japan, following the appointment of a new Japanese Ambassador to Saint Lucia.

Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Tatsuaki Iwata, presented his credentials to Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy Tuesday morning at Government House, where he reaffirmed his government's commitment to fostering closer relations with Saint Lucia.


The Japanese diplomat says, his government will continue to assist Saint Lucia, particularly in the fisheries sector. But he says, his government is also committed to assisting generally with the social and technological advancement of the country.


“I would like to use this special occasion to express my sincere gratitude to her Excellency the Governor General of Saint Lucia for your governments invaluable cooperation extended to Japan in the international arena. I will do all in my power to execute my important mission and to provide all possible corporation for the development of your country in various areas.”


Tokyo has financed several projects in Saint Lucia, the latest initiative being the construction of a fish landing facility in Anse-La-Raye, which will be handed over to the government and people of Saint Lucia in March next year.


In welcoming the new Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy said Japan is a true friend of Saint Lucia.

The Head of State also highlighted the Japanese contributions to the local fisheries sector over several years.


“With food security such an important element in national development, the contribution to the fisheries sector is invaluable. The assistance of Japan through the Grass Roots Human Security Programme, has touched lives and changed the living conditions of many. In a sense, this is what true development is all about—improving people’s lives and allowing them to make their contribution to the process,” Dame Pearlette said.

Saint Lucia is also expected to benefit tremendously through Tokyo's Overseas Corporation Volunteers Programme.


Situated in north eastern Asia, Japan has a population of over one hundred and twenty six million, and is one of the world's biggest suppliers of vehicles and electronics.

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