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Pacific and Caribbean Journalist Invitation Program 2017

Pacific and Caribbean Journalist Invitation Program 2017

APIC, along with the support of the Foreign Press Center Japan, invited six journalists from the Pacific Island region and Caribbean Island region to Japan to learn about Japan’s advanced approach to dealing with natural disasters by visiting environmental protection sites, learn about disaster prevention, and visiting the site of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The group stayed in Japan from October 16th to the 26th, and during their time they visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Matsushima, and Sendai, receiving briefings at each location and sending out information back to their local media outlets. This is the third time the program has been held since commencing in 2015.


Reporters taking part in the program are below:

Pacific Island Nations


Fiji
Ms. Rachna Nath, News Manager and Editor of Cover Story.

Samoa
Ms. Taliilagi “Lagi” Keresoma, Reporter and Cameraman for the Talamua Online

American Samoa
Ms. Christine Moetala-Faiupu Reporter and Anchor for KVZK-TV

Caribbean Island Nations


Grenada
Ms. Anisha Samuel, Reporter, Assistant Graphic Artist for the Grenadian Voice
Barbados Mr. Barry Alleyne, Editor-in-chief of The Nation
Jamaica Ms. Glenda Allen, News Coordinator of the overseas version of The Gleaner

Pacific and Caribbean Journalist Invitation Program 2017

(FPCJ Director Mr. Akasaka giving his address)



A welcoming dinner party was held in the evening of Friday, October 19th at the Tokyo Club with a total of 50 people in attendance, including the six reporters. At the dinner President Sato of APIC gave a speech, and thereafter councilor Honda of APIC gave a toast to start the evening. The six reporters each gave an interim report about their stay in Japan and their respective impressions. At the end of the evening FPCJ Director Mr. Akasaka gave his closing remarks to end the dinner.

Pacific and Caribbean Journalist Invitation Program 2017

(The journalists in Kyoto trying on Japanese Kimono)



Pacific and Caribbean Journalist Invitation Program 2017

(Briefing taking place in Higashi-Matsushima City)



The participating journalists wrote numerous articles during their stay in Japan; as an example Mr. Barry Alleyne’s article for the Jamaica-based The Gleaner is uploaded here. Additionally, Fiji Airways in-flight magazine Fiji Time featured an article by Ms. Nath about her time and impressions while in Japan. Available here

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