THE significance of the Kizuna Project will build and foster a deep and meaningful relationship between Pacific Island countries (PIC) and Japan, according to the vice chancellor and president of the University of the South Pacific (USP).
Professor Rajesh Chandra said the project was another example of the expansive nature of the assistance to the Pacific and to the USP by the government and the people of Japan.
The first group of 179 participants from Cook Islands, Niue, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Vanuatu, Palau, Kiribati and Tuvalu have returned from Japan.
The next group of 115 participants from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga will leave for Japan on December 1.
Kizuna Project co-ordinator Sera Vada said the $5.5million project which was launched last year provided fully-funded two-week student tours.
"The project provides the opportunity for Pacific youths and future leaders to obtain a perspective into the Japanese way of life," she said.
Embassy of Japan deputy chief of mission Kinzo Makagun said all eight countries that completed the visit to Japan presented impressive and deep insights about the recovery efforts now in progress in the disaster affected area of Tohoku Region.