A Japanese investor who has fallen immediately in love with the CNMI has decided to invest in its economy.
Last Thursday, Yusho Oki visited Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang to discuss possible business ventures in the CNMI and a possibility of a sister-city relationship with multiple cities in Japan.
“He is here on a courtesy visit to the Saipan mayor… He is here to explore the islands on the possibilities of investments …He just came here for a courtesy visit to the mayor and to share his ideas on the project and to get the mayor’s opinion because of respect,” said Oki’s translator.
“He will leave for Japan next week and promised to establish a sister-city between Saipan and Japan,” he added.
Oki said through his translator that he intends to reveal his actual business plan to the public upon his return in August.
“In August he will return and will reveal his business plan he doesn’t want to disclose the details yet,” he said.
When asked why he decided to invest in the CNMI from all the other possible prospects, Oki said through his translator that since his arrival two years ago, the CNMI islands have captivated him.
“Mr. Oki really loves the CNMI. Since the first time he arrived two years ago, he has kept on coming back,” said Oki’s translator.
Apatang said that the CNMI always welcomes new business ventures especially Japanese ones given the history they share with the islands.
“We always welcome visitors here especially our Japanese friends we’re always appreciative of when they come to visit our islands…I always encourage our Japanese friends to come back and invest in the CNMI. They have been our partners since way back for the longest time and all of a sudden they just started phasing out and its time to get them back,” he said.
Apatang is also looking forward to the sister-city relationship that Oki promised to help establish.
“We are looking forward to working with him and establishing sister city relationships so we can strengthen our relationship with Japan…. Through a sister city program, that’s another way to do that and encourage more Japanese visitors to come,” he said.