Ambassador John Fritz was invited to a farewell reception held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo where he met FSM students from COM and University of South Pacific who came under the JENESYS2015 Pacific Islands Group 4.
The seven (7) FSM students were part of the Theme Course A : Japanese Language of JENESYS, and together with over 40 other fellow students from the Pacific, had successfully completed a week long program. According to their schedule, they took part in school exchange, disaster prevention programs, home stay, various study tours, among other events.
The JENESYS is an ongoing program focused on student exchange which is implemented by Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA) of the Government of Japan. As a part of the outcome of the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) held every three years in Japan, the JENESYS Program has extended invitation to the Pacific Island Students.
Participants of the JENESYS2015 Pacific Islands Group 4 are as follows: Ms. Richynne Chenae Gallen, Ms. Lynnsey T, Sigrah, Ms. Evangeleen E. Albert, Ms. Dorothy R. Sigrah, Ms. Jayaceleen J. Joston, and Mr. Jomer Manongsong.
The National Institute for Youth Education (NIYE) is in charge of the annual Micronesia -Japan Student Exchange Program, which includes the FSM, Palau and the Marshalls. This year NIYE, invited 15 students and 3 chaperons each, totaling a 72 member-delegation from the four states of the FSM for the inbound portion of the exchange program. The increase of number from 10 last year to 15 this year from each state under NIYE’s project coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Memorial Olympic Youth Center, where NIYE is also located.
The students and chaperons, accompanied by staff of the hosting program, had an opportunity to visit the FSM Embassy and were welcomed by the entire staff. They were first briefed by Ambassador Fritz on the ongoing FSM-Japan relationship and current programs, and later took part in a friendly question and answer session. The students and chaperon had the rare opportunity to mingle and view first-hand FSM’s branch office in Tokyo, and the people working in it.
The students also visited and took part in a cultural exchange program with students of Shoto Junior High School in Tokyo, where each island groups performed their culture and dances to the students of the hosting school. On their visit to the Japan Diet Building, the Honorable Yoshiro Mori, the former Prime Minister of Japan, welcomed the delegations. On later dates, the students were divided into groups and were sent to various locations in Japan where they home-stayed with Japanese families and further conducted exchanges with students of each respective region.
At the farewell reception, the Honorable Keiji Furuya, the chairman of the FSM-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League, bid the students farewell and encouraged them to look at the opportunity to study in Japan in the future, and to strengthen the friendly relationship between the Micronesia region and Japan.
A group of 10 students and an accompanying teacher from Miyata Junior High School of Konan City, Aichi Prefecture visited the Embassy as part of their social education program and were welcomed by Ambassador Fritz and staff members. The students were given a short presentation to orient them on the FSM and the current relationship with Japan, and later took part in a question and answer session with Ambassador Fritz.
Later two group leaders of the students were called to Ambassador’s room to be given a certificate of appreciation from Ambassador Fritz, as Miyata Junior High School, along with four (4) other schools of Konan City had organized fund-raising events to assist in the disaster relief soon after the super typhoon Maysak hit the FSM.
~~~~ Background information ~~~~
Konan City of Aichi Prefecture and the FSM enjoy a decade-long relationship which dates back to the Aichi World Exposition of 2005. The Konan City Community College has signed an MOU with COM-FSM, and the City has been actively sending junior high school students to the FSM states as part of their exchange program. Over the years, the City has also donated various sports equipments through the Konan Sport Association. This year, a total of 712,523 yen was donated by the Konan Municipal Government and the 5 Junior High Schools to assist in the relief efforts in the aftermath of the super typhoon Maysak.
On May 11, 2015, the 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia elected H.E. Peter M. Christian from the State of Pohnpei as the 8th President of the Nation. The Honorable Yoshiwo P. George form the State of Kosrae will serve as the Vice President.
The various Standing Committee organization is as follows:
Senator Isaac V. Figir: Standing Committee on Ways and Means
Senator Paliknoa K. Welly: Standing Committee on External Affairs
Senator Tiwiter Aritos: Standing Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations
Senator David W. Panuelo: Standing Committee on Resources and Development
Senator Victor Vicky Gouland: Standing Committee on Transportation and Communication
Senator Joseph J. Urusemal: Standing Committee on Education
Senator Bonsiano Fasy Nethon: Standing Committee on Health and Social Affairs
The 19th Congress elected the Honorable Wesley W. Simina from the State of Chuuk as the Speaker.
On the 30th of April, 5 student from Ryogoku Junior High School visited the Embassy as part of their social and international education program. The group was given an orientation from Economic Attache Mr. Kunio Suenaga on historical and cultural background of the FSM and the existing bond shared with Japan. The students, who were aware of the ongoing affects by typhoon, showed keen interest in traditional survival knowledge and voiced their questions in English during a Q&A session.
After the orientation, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Renster P. Andrew thanked the students for choosing the FSM Embassy for their program and urged them to visit the islands in the near future.
The 13th Micronesia – Japan Student Exchange Program conducted by the National Institute for Youth Education (NIYE) completed its annual program which began June 15th -June 27th, 2014. The nearly two weeks in bound program was represented by 10 students and 2 accompanying chaperons from each States.
The students and chaperons underwent a hectic schedule, ranging from taking part in sports events, a visit to the parliament, and exchange with Junior High School students in Tokyo, among many other activities. They also had the opportunity to visit the northern and western regions of Japan, and home-stayed for a night.
Since last year, the program has seen a new modification where a visit to the Embassy was also included in the schedule. This year a total of 42 visitors from the FSM along with a handful of NIYE staff and volunteers came to see the Embassy. Each State was welcomed and had an opportunity to take photo with Ambassador Fritz and the staff.
In mid July, a total of 16 Japanese students are scheduled to visit the FSM as the out bound portion of this program.
As part of the grass root diplomacy mandate, the Embassy accepts student visits from all over Japan every year. This year two groups visited the mission; one group of three young ladies from the Kariya Minami Junior High School in Aichi Prefecture, and one group of six from the Haraichi Junior High School of Saitama Prefecture.
(Students from the Haraichi Junior High School posing with Ambassador Fritz)
The three young ladies from the Kariya Minami Junior High School showed interest in the food culture of the FSM, and also posed questions on what kind of extra-curricular acitivities taken by students of their age in the FSM. Similarly, the students from Haraichi Junior High School were interested in the cultural aspect of the islands – more specifically on the dances performed in the FSM. After a short presentation by Economic Attaché Suenaga to orient the students, and a Q&A session with the Ambassador, each group had the opportunity to try out some local attires with ornaments for a photo session.
(Students from Kariya-Minami Jr High School with Chargé Kusayanagi)