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Japan envoy: We must not repeat horrors of war

Horrors of the war must not be repeated and there needs to be peace on the earth, says Japanese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Morio Matsumoto. Mr Matsumoto was addressing the 750-plus members of the visiting Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force training squadron who arrived in Port Moresby on Tuesday morning.

The newly appointed Ambassador also reiterated the same sentiments when addressing Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill and hundreds of invited guests who attended the official welcome dinner on board one of the Navy vessels – JS Setoyuki (TV 3518). "We must not repeat the horrors of the war. Yes, we definitely need to establish peace on earth," Mr Matsumoto said.

"In light of the history of the World War II in the Pacific Region, I would also like to take this opportunity to refer to a remark made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his visit to Papua New Guinea in July this year where he stated that horrors of the war must not be repeated.

"I believe that the visit of the quadroon would become a wonderful opportunity in your training to have better understanding on the history of war in this part of the world. "The more you understand the history, the more determined you are to foster closer relationships and mutual cooperation with your Papua New Guinean counterparts in order to realise the better world."

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill was amazed by the Japanese food, alcohol and everything Japanese on board the vessel, and presented on behalf of PNG, 40 cartons of PNG’s SP beer to the navy trainees and told them that they must taste PNG beer before they leave the shores of the country.

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill stressed the bilateral relations Japan and PNG enjoyed and the financial assistance Japan gave to PNG, thanking the Government of Japan for this gesture.

One of the commanding officers, a female captain, CDR Ryoko Azuma, who commands one of the vessels with more than 200 trainees and 20 officers "PNG women can do what she is doing right now – commanding a squadron”

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