Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Independence Day Celebrated in Tokyo

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): November 4, 2010 - In the evening of November 2, following a full day of FSM Seminars for Japanese company representatives, organized by the FSM Embassy, in conjunction with Micronesia Registration Advisors, Inc. (MRA), at the Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo, President Mori welcomed 450 guests to celebrate FSM's 24th Independence Day.

President Mori was accompanied in the celebrations by his daughter Elmaea Mori, Ambassador Fritz of the FSM Embassy in Tokyo, FSM Senators Suka, Halbert, Sitan, Mori, Christian, and Aritos, Secretary Robert of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Secretary Henry of the Department of Resources and Development, as well as members of the FSM Insurance Board.

"Tonight, we celebrate our 24th anniversary as a sovereign nation - a very special day indeed for our people at home and abroad," said Mori. "It is a day to reflect on our brief history and to thank those who have helped us achieve the accomplishments we have made so far. FSM is experiencing rapid change that has come with its independence and, in a time of rapid globalization, [...] FSM realizes it must join the international community in the challenge to protect our people and enhance our culture."

Mori highlighted that this year also marks the 22nd anniversary of the bilateral relations between FSM and Japan. He said: "I am pleased to be here tonight to thank the people and the government of Japan for the generous support and cooperation which you have continued to extend for the past many years, [...] ranging from airport to seaport infrastructure improvement, from student and youth exchange programs to fisheries and agriculture programs."

Mori explained that the Pohnpei runway extension project is tentatively scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011. "I sincerely hope that some of you who are here tonight will be part of history in the making as passengers of the first direct flight from Japan to FSM next summer."

The State Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yutaka Banno, offered a toast on behalf of the people of Japan and of FSM, in honor of President Mori and FSM's Independence Day Celebration. Amongst much cheer and applause, President Mori was also joined by Yoshiro Mori, former Prime Minister of Japan from 2000 to 2001.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356