On December 5, 2018, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Norikazu Suzuki visited Palau Aquarium along with Mr. Toshiyuki Yamada, Ambassador of Japan to Palau, and Mr. Satoshi Wakasugi, Director for Pacific and Southeast Asia Division 6, Southeast Asia and Pacific Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Amidst their trip to Palau, these dignitaries and other officials spent time at Palau Aquarium with Aquarist, Mr. Minami Nagoya learning about marine life and conservation efforts in Palau.
Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) since its inception has had a close relation with Japan. PICRC has received significant support from Japan government agencies, universities, and partner aquariums. Over the years this support has added a great value to the capacity of Palau Aquarium and PICRC.
“We truly appreciate such visits, it is always an honor to showcase the Palau Aquarium and research work by the Center to partners like Japan that have been integral in making these efforts possible.” expresses Aquarium Director, Ilebrang U. Olkeriil.