FIJI national Ilaisa Naviqa has been awarded a place in the 2013-2014 Japanese language programs for foreign service officers and public officials.
Mr Naviqa, who is a protocol officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, will depart the country to study the Japanese language, a Japan Embassy statement revealed.
Based at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute in Kansai, the protocol officer will study the intense language course for eight months beginning next week and concluding on May 16, 2014.
Since its establishment in Fiji in 1984, the Japanese language programs for foreign service officers and public officials has sent four Fijian officials to Japan to develop practical skills in the language, the statement highlighted.
"Activities such as lectures, discussions and seminars in English, visits, field trips, and cultural experiences will be organised in order to offer the participants opportunities to learn and become familiar with various aspects of Japanese culture and society."
Mr Naviqa will be the fourth Fijian to leave the country for Japan this month, with the other three teachers bound for different universities to learn their respective trades for two years.