Okinawa Donates JPY 1.5 Million For ‘Pablo’ Victims

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez receives the donation from the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Prefectural Assembly from Ms, Hitomi Kinjo (2nd from left) and Ms Frances Komesu (left) of the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Okinawa. Also in photo are Minister Angelica C. Escalona and Consul Christian L. De Jesus of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo.

The Okinawa Prefectural Government led by Governor Hirokazu Nakaima donated JPY 1 million (approximately PHP 500,000) for the victims of Typhoon ‘Pablo’ (international name: Bopha) last 28 December 2012. In addition, the 48 members of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly led by its Chairman Masaharu Kina also donated JPY 500,000 (approximately 250,000) for ‘Pablo’ victims.

The donation from Okinawa, which totals JPY 1.5 million (approximately PHP 750,000), was personally handed over to Philippine Honorary Consul General in Okinawa Asako Alarcon by Okinawa Vice Governor Yoshiyuki Uehara.

On 15 January 2013, representatives of Honorary Consul General Alarcon, Ms. Hitomi Kinjo and Ms. Frances Komesu, turned over the donation from Okinawa to Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo.

Ambassador Lopez requested the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Okinawa to forward his letters of appreciation to Governor Nakaima and to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly for their generosity and solidarity to those affected by the typhoon. The Ambassador expressed the hope that the strategic partnership between the Philippine and Japan, particularly with Okinawa, will continue to deepen and strengthen.

Okinawa is home to around 1,600 Filipino nationals.