Ambassador Kobayashi of Japan Presents Credentials
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): April 29, 1997 - The Ambassador-designate of Japan to the Federated States of Micronesia, His Excellency Jiro Kobayashi, presented his Letter of Credence to FSM Acting President Jacob Nena, accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Federated States of Micronesia. He also presented a Letter of Recall of his predecessor, Ambassador Yasunori Kikuchi, which his Majesty the Emperor of Japan in a ceremony held in the President's Cabinet Room, at the FSM President's Office, in the morning of April 22, 1997. The Ambassador-designate was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Kobayashi.
In his statement, the Ambassador-designate expressed his appreciation in these words:
In accepting Ambassador-designate Jiro Kobayashi's Letter of Credence, Acting President Jacob Nena expressed his pleasure in welcoming Ambassador Kobayashi and Mrs. Kobayashi to the FSM Capital in his own behalf and on behalf of the FSM Government.
The Acting President stated that although our Diplomatic Relations between the FSM and Japan is only nine years old, the historical links and ties between the peoples of the Federated States of Micronesia and Japan goes back to the dawn of the century, which have woven a strong foundation upon which the formal and diplomatic relations today rests, a strong foundation for strong and lasting friendship. Acting President Nena's remarks:
Acting President Nena praised Japan for its annual grants for infrastructure development, technical assistance, scholarships, and the small scale fisheries development grants among others, adding that the FSM will continue to look to Japan for assistance and support in its nation building efforts. He stated:
Refreshments were served following the Credential Ceremony, which was attended by President's Cabinet members, the Vice Speaker of Congress, Pohnpei State Lt. Governor, members of the Diplomatic Community and other National Government officials. The Ambassador then paid courtesy calls on His Excellency Jacob Nena, FSM Acting President; the Vice Speaker of Congress, Honorable Claude Phillip; on Governor of Pohnpei, Honorable Del Pangelinan; and on various Diplomatic Missions in Pohnpei.
A Dinner Reception was hosted by FSM Secretary of External Affairs, Honorable Asterio Takesy, at Club Cupid on the evening of April 22, 1997. The next day, Ambassador Kobayashi and his wife departed Pohnpei for Guam on Air Nauru flight ON432.
The 56 year old Ambassador was born in Nagano Prefecture, graduated from Tokyo University in 1963, and studied and graduated in 1968 from the University of California - Berkeley. His career in Foreign Service began in 1978, as First Secretary in the Embassy of Japan in Paris, France. He served in Embassies of Japan in Hong Kong, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, and New Zealand, before his appointment as Resident Ambassador to Fiji. He is married with two children, according to documents provided by the FSM Department of External Affairs.
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