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Consul welcomes establishment of Japan-NMI descent group

THE newly formed Japan-Northern Marianas Descent Association will be a great asset in revitalizing the ties between Japan and the CNMI, Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda said.

He encourages the young generation and the Japanese community in the CNMI to join the association and hold various activities and events.

Kinji Shinoda

These “will certainly…bring Japan and the CNMI much closer once again,” he said. “Through many coming years, I sincerely wish for the great success of the association.”

He thanked David Sablan Jr., Norman T. Tenorio, Vince Seman and the other members of the Japan-Northern Marianas Descent Association for their “great initiative.”

The establishment of the group is very timely, the consul said, adding that the presence of Japan in the CNMI has become “thinner and weaker” year after year since Japan Airlines withdrew in 2005.

With Delta Air Lines’ recent decision to end its Narita-Saipan flight service, the consul said the “mental distance” from the CNMI to Japan has become much further away.

“This is truly sad for both Japan and the CNMI,” he said. “Since my arrival in May of last year, many people in the CNMI have told me that they wish that Japanese tourists and investments would come back.”

Shinoda noted that Japan and the Northern Mariana Islands have a shared history. Japan administered the islands from 1914 to 1944.

He said the NMI under Japanese administration achieved remarkable economic growth with thriving sugar cane, agricultural and fishing industries, and a social system that included infrastructure, public education, public healthcare, public security and much more.

He quoted the book “From Colonialism to Self-Government: The Northern Marianas Experience” by former CNMI Chief Justice Jose S. Dela Cruz  who wrote that “economically, the islands were a hundred times better off during Japanese times when the sugarcane, agricultural, and fishing industries were flourishing, and the islands were exporting large quantities of food products to Japan.”