The Japanese government is hoping to expand its economic relationship with Papua New Guinea next year.
Japan's Ambassador to PNG Hiroharu Iwasaki made the comment at National Day of Japan celebrations, in conjunction with the 79th birthday celebration for Emperor Akahito at his residence in Port Moresby last week.
According to the Post Courier, Ambassador Iwasaki says Japan intends to expand its economic relationship with PNG in areas such as LNG related industries, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism among others for the long term.
The Japanese Government has already identified major environment impact projects that are operational, like a sewage project in the Port Moresby, waste management and human resource project assistance.
Mr Iwasaki says Japan has already begun to implement key environmental and infrastructure projects, such as the construction of 15 bridges on Bougainville and the project for the urgent rehabilitation of Markham bridge.