Ambassador Takata paid a courtesy call on Hon. James Marape, Prime Minister of PNG

Ambassador Takata shook hands with Prime Minister Marape
At a meeting
From the left, DFA Secretary Wohengu, DPM Secretary Pomaleu, PM Marape, Ambassador Takata, Ambassador Watanabe, Deputy Chief of Mission Maruo
On 3 April 2023, Mr. Toshihisa Takata, Ambassador for Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting paid a courtesy call to Rt. Hon. James Marape, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea together with Ambassador Nobuyuki Watanabe. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1 Ambassador Takata thanked Prime Minister Marape for his visit to Japan on the occasion of the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He expressed that Japan would cooperate with Pacific Islands countries as an important region under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) policy and strengthen further cooperation in bilateral relations towards the 50th anniversary of PNG's independence and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and PNG in 2025. He also expressed his appreciation for including "tomodachi" in the name of the Nadzab Airport and made it "Nadzab Tomodachi International Airport", which is being redeveloped with Japanese assistance.
2 Prime Minister Marape stated that the word "tomodachi" was given to the airport because Japan is a great friend of the country. He expressed appreciation for Japan's support including redevelopment of the airport, financial assistance and so on. He also expressed his hope that Prime Minister Kishida would visit PNG by 2025.
3 Ambassador Takata explained the safety of ALPS Treated Water and stated that efforts had been made to provide transparent scientific explanations to other Pacific island countries.
4 Prime Minister Marape expressed his trust to Japan because Japan would discharge ALPS Treated Water with enough technical capabilities and responsibility for the discharge. He also stated that he would convey to the Pacific Islands countries that Japan fully understood and would discharge it in accordance with safety standards and would not discharge contaminated water into its territorial waters.