Japan Provides Additional Disaster Relief worth 300 thousand USD to Timor-Leste
On 16 June 2021, the Government of Japan has decided to provide another disaster relief of 300 thousand USD through Japanese NGO “Peace Winds Japan”
In this project, material and technical assistance for the reconstruction of road affected by the recent flood as well as items to meet basic needs of the local community will be provided. This project is implemented mainly in Dili municipality.
Reception Celebrating Tokyo Olympic Games and Participation of Timor-Leste
On June 25, 2021, Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, H. E. Mr. MasamiKinefuchi hosted a reception celebrating Tokyo Olympic Games and Timorese participation, inviting Timorese delegation to Tokyo Olympic Games at his residence. Reception was held with minimal invitees and according to the COVID protocol.
Ms. Imelda Felicyta Ximenes Belo and Mr. Jose João da Silva Viegas will be representing Timor-Leste to compete in swimming, and Mr. Felisberto de Deus will be representing Timor-Leste in the athletics. Among the distinguished guests at the reception were, the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, H. E. Mr. Abrão Saldanha; Vice President of the National Olympic Committee, Mr. Mateus da Cruz de Carvalho; President of Timor-Leste Sports Federation and Athletics Federation, Mr. Afranio Xavier; and former Timorese Olympic athletes such as Mrs. Aguida Amaral, Mr. Augusto Ramos and Ms. Francelina M. Cabral.
During the reception, Ambassador Kinefuchi congratulated them for being selected to represent Timor-Leste and mentioned, "Timor-Leste has made a tremendous achievement from the ashes out of conflict and creating a robust nation in these 20 years and its participation to Tokyo Olympic Games adds a special meaning to this Olympics. I am confident that you, Timorese Delegation and athletes, will become an important part of the success of the Olympics and the positive messages the Olympics is sending out."
Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, H. E. Mr. Saldanha also felicitated, "I hope that our participation at the Tokyo Olympic Games of this year not only shows just another commitment of our government to participate in the prestigious international sporting events like the Olympics but I too look forward to seeing our participation of this year marks the beginning of a new stage that will bring us into sporting successes in the future."
Timorese delegation will depart from Dili to Japan on July 12, 2021. They will first stay in Ina City, Nagano Prefecture which is the host town for Timor-Leste athletes for their preparation.