This morning I arrived in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. And I have just presented my credentials to the President, H.E. Christopher Jorebon Loeak. I am accredited to three states in the Pacific. The two other states are Palau and FSM (the Federated States of Micronesia). To travel to Majuro from Tokyo one can either go via Guam, Truk, Pohnpei, and Kwajelin, or take a flight to Honolulu and from there a direct flight to RMI. Either way it is a long trip.
Before meeting the President I had a meeting with the Foreign Minister of RMI,Honorable Philip H. Muller, and will meet him again before returning to Tokyo. The RMI is facing many problems, similar to what the other island states are facing, not least the rise of the sea level due to the on-going climate change. The climate issue is a top priority of the Swedish Government.
Just before leaving Tokyo I had the pleasure of hosting two large events in the Embassy building under the theme “Swedish Fashion Week in Tokyo”. One day we had a buffet dinner for some one hundred fashion designers at the residence and the following evening there was an open press conference followed by a reception for the ‘young crowd’, to which more than five hundred people came. Instrumental in arranging this fashion week was the organization Business Sweden.
Tomorrow night I will fly back to Tokyo via Honolulu, and then go directly to Sapporo, where I will participate in a seminar together with the Japanese Ambassador to Sweden, H.E. Yoshiki Watanabe. We will discuss how Sweden and Japan can learn from each other, but also how Swedes view Japan, and vice versa.