The Embassy of Japan has appointed a new Charge d' Affairs, replacing Mr. Koichi Kodama. A welcome ceremony was held late last week to welcome Mr. Akira Iwanade, the new Charge d' Affairs of the Japanese Embassy.

Speaking during the occasion, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Mr. William Haomae congratulated Mr. Iwanade and his family as they begin their tour of duty in the Solomon Islands.

Mr. Haomae stated that he is fully confident that Mr. Iwanade's vision will enhance the healthy relationship and cooperation between Japan and Solomon islands. Mr. Haomae continues to add that he looks forward to working closely with the newly appointed Charge d' Affairs as he begin his post in the country.

The newly appointed Charge d' Affairs in return stated that he is very happy to work with the people of Solomon Islands. "The Japanese government will continue to assist the people of the country and to overcome the challenges that were faced by the people through Japan's Official Development Assistance and Grassroots Grant Projects," said Mr. Akira Iwanade.

Japan has been a strong development partner of the Solomon Islands for the past twenty nine years and has built a mutual, beneficial and constructive relationship.