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Japan-Papua New Guinea relations take a turn for the better tomorrow (Wednesday March 31) with the opening of the new PNG Embassy building in Tokyo and the commencement of twice-weekly Air Niugini flights from Port Moresby to Narita.
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare will open the new PNG chancery today, the same day that Air Niugini launches its second weekly Port Moresby-Narita flight.
Charge d' Affaires Dennis Bebego said from
"This is a significant national event and is a realisation of the national government's commitment to the tune of K20 million towards this chancery project," he said.
"It is historic in that this would be the second building to have been constructed and owned by the government to house its overseas diplomatic mission; the first being the PNG High Commission building in
"The construction of this chancery, which began in May 2009 with a groundbreaking ceremony performed also by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, was completed in December last year and the building formally handed over on Jan 19, 2010.
"It is now scheduled for formal opening on Mar 31, 2010, when Prime Minister makes an official visit to
"A large entourage of guests and VIPs from PNG as well as
Mr Bebego said the commitment by the government to this project was recognition of the important and maturing relations between