17 Mar 2015

Fiji back in the fold at Japan's PALM meeting

4:26 pm on 17 March 2015

Fiji's Prime Minister has confirmed he will visit Japan in May for the Pacific Islands Leaders' Meeting in Iwaki.

The PALM summit has been held every three years since 1997, but Fiji's previous military-led regime was not invited in 2009 and 2012.

Fiji Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

Fiji Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

At this week's United Nations meeting on disaster risks, also held in Japan, the Fiji Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, agreed with his Japanese counterpart to raise the bilateral relationship to a new level.

Ratu Inoke encouraged Fumio Kishida to open up access for Fijian-made products into the Japanese market, as well as share investment ideas on agriculture, horticulture and agri-tourism.

They also raised the prospect of reciprocal visa arrangements and Parliamentary study visits.