by CG Kamo at the APCSS Seminar 2010 on Maritime Security in Honolulu
Japan may not be called to be a Pacific Island Country, but
our relations with PICs date back to many years ago, because of history and
proximity. We have seen economic and social interactions with them over the
years through bilateral and multilateral channels. SPF was established in
1972. Japan participated in the Forum as a dialogue partner in 1997. We have
been an active partner with the Forum.
Japan’s recent engagement with Pacific Island Countries is
best exemplified by the PALM (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting) which Japan
took initiative to convene in 1997. Since then, the PALM was held five
times, after every three years, in the past 13 years. PALM is a
comprehensive dialogue process between PICs and Japan, where all the players
in the Pacific Island region will gather to discuss the issues of their
mutual interest and concern. Moreover, it has become customary that Japan
would pledge her financial contribution to PICs at each PALM. For instance,
at its fourth Meeting in 2006, Japan committed to more than 5oo million
dollars in support of economic growth, sustainable development, good
governance, security and human exchange. The fifth Meeting saw her pledge of
even more (550 to 600 million dollars) on environment (climate change),
human security and exchange.
As I said, even before the PALM process began, Japan made
contribution to PICs by providing human needs assistance, promoting fishery
by means of providing fishing boats, building port facilities and
reinforcing embankment through bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
As for maritime security, Japan has extended to PICs
assistance directly related to law enforcement through PIF. Japan has
implemented natural disaster response assistance as well. We share natural
disaster information and provide tsunami warnings. We also help strengthen
natural disaster prevention measures in the area.
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