Consul seeks to enhance Japanese knowledge of Saipan

The newly appointed Japanese consul to Saipan would like more Japanese to know about their country’s shared history with the Commonwealth.

Japanese Consul Kinji Shinoda told Saipan Tribune that he himself had no idea of the history that Japan shared with the Commonwealth when he first arrived here.

According to Shinoda, most schools on Japan do not even teach the history of World War II on Saipan. For the past few months that he has been on Saipan, he has learned so much about the role that the island played in the history of Japan. He hopes to bring back that knowledge to his home country after his consular mission.

Saipan is a former colony of Japan after it annexed the islands from Germany following World War I.

Shinoda said he has researched about the island of Saipan and discovered that a few years back, Saipan was actually a famous Japanese vacation destination. He is saddened that the number of Japanese tourists since then has diminished.

The people that he has come across in the few months he has been on the island of Saipan have reportedly been very hospitable and kind toward him.

According to Shinoda, he feels the bond that Saipan has established with the Japanese on Saipan and he wishes to further strengthen that bond and extend it to his home country.

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