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February 28, 2021

Japanese Prime Minister In Wewak

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The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Wewak yesterday as part of his three day bilateral visit to PNG.

Japan is interested in the recovery and management of World War II relics.

Wewak in particular was the site of the largest Japanese air base in mainland New Guinea during world war two.

A rousing reception was given to Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe along with his delegation.

There to welcome him at the Boram Airport was East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare and Lady Veronica among other East Sepik leaders.

The delegation travelled to Peace Park for a wreath laying ceremony paying respect to their fallen soldiers.

A plaque was unveiled at the war cemetery at boys town.

This was followed by another site visit to Brandi Battle Field. 

This is the second visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to PNG. Exactly, 29 years ago to this day, former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone visited PNG for the very first time in 1985.

Co-incidently Mr Abe was on that visit as a foreign affairs official.

Both PNG and Japan are considering practical avenues to address the issue of double treaty taxation.

Japan has been pivotal in helping PNG in areas of infrastructure development, especially on Bougainville.

Areas discussed by the two countries included Economic Corporation, sustainable development, people to people exchanges, recovery of the remains of the war dead and regional and global cooperation.


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