Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Japanese Ambassador to Tonga H.E. TAKASE visits APU


Feb 26, 2010

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tonga H.E. Mr. Yasuo TAKASE visited APU as part of his tour of Oita Prefecture and enjoyed a discussion with APU President KORENAGA Shun.

President KORENAGA illustrated the university's active recruitment of students from Tonga, "Japan hosts a large number of exchange students from China and Korea. In addition to these two countries, APU is also actively engaged in the recruitment of international students from a wide range of countries and regions. We hope to further strengthen our efforts to attract students from the South-Pacific region in the future". In addition to international students, the President also touched on APU's acceptance of research trainees from a number of countries and the One Village, One Product research and tourism development training currently underway in cooperation with JICA. He also illustrated achievements made in training programs such as the brush-up courses held for students studying the Japanese language.

In response, H.E. Ambassador TAKASE talked of recent developments, "in the Kingdom of Tonga, Japanese language and `soroban' (a traditional Japanese abacus) lessons are held at the primary school level and there are many students who are keen to travel to Japan as exchange students. Furthermore, a number Tongan APU graduates have taken up important posts in the Tongan Government and are active as members of parliament."

To date, APU has accepted 8 students from the Kingdom of Tonga including 2 who are currently studying at the Graduate School (as of November 1, 2009). We look forward to welcoming even more students from Tongan and other South-Pacific nations and building even stronger cooperative relationships.

Honorary Chairman of SANWA SHURUI Co. ltd, Mr. NISHI Taichiro and Member and Judge of the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (NITTEN) Ms. TSUJIHATA Takako have been providing their assistance with Ambassador TAKASE's visit to Oita Prefecture.

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