Japanese students visit Parliament

A twenty-one member student delegation from Akita Junior High School and Shogu Nno Junior High School in Akita, Japan were present in Parliament this morning as part of their site visit around the capital city.

The visit is part of their educational, cultural and sports exchange with Nasinu Secondary School following a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the schools last two years.

The delegation was given a 15-minute presentation on the roles and functions of Parliament, watched a short video on the Mace of Parliament before witnessing the Parliament in session.

Former Fiji Rugby player Mr Setareki Tawake, who now resides in Akita and works as a Trainer at the Akita Junior High School, was grateful that they were able to witness Parliament session, especially to meet with the Prime Minister, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama.

“For me personally, this is the first time to visit Parliament and for these students, it was a great opportunity to witness Parliament in session, especially to meet with the Fijian Prime Minister,” Mr Tawake said.

Akita City is the host city for the Flying Fijians Rugby Team during the 2019 Rugby World Cup pre-tournament training camp.

Another group from Gau Secondary School were also present in Parliament this morning and according to Ms Mereseini Naivou, the session was interesting as the Members of Parliament were debating on the Bill to amend the Maritime Transport Act 2013.

“The issue they were discussing was relevant to us as we are from the island and we depend on the shipping services for transportation.

“Our students only get a chance to visit the city and come for excursion when they attend certain education or sporting activities so we grab the opportunity to visit Parliament and other historical places around Suva,” Ms Naivou said.