A turn-over ceremony was held at the President’s Conference Room on the morning of February 2, 2015. A Japanese delegation, comprised of four members, paid a courtesy call on Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Emanuel (Manny) Mori, to officially turn over a new law enforcement vehicle to the FSM Government.
In accepting the vehicle, President Mori expressed profound gratitude on behalf of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FSM Government. Mr. Shigeru Kawano, the President of ASKA and MPI - a captive insurance company that was established in Micronesia, donated one vehicle to the National DOJ while the other two were purchased by National DOJ. At one of the Captive Insurance Seminars held in Tokyo in 2013, Mr. Kawano met Attorney General April Skilling and became aware of the need of police cars in the FSM Government.
In the President’s remarks, he echoed his sincere appreciation as promises, “I want to promise you that we are going to use the vehicles as the government’s most valuable assets,” and further expressed, “another promise is that we are going to do our very best to serve you and also continue to improve the relationship between the captive association in Japan and also in the FSM.”
A Japanese company that specializes in manufacturing high quality law enforcement vehicles manufactured the three police cars that were donated. In efforts of delivering brand new vehicles, Mr. Kawano was able to arrange fully scaled police cars that are installed with advanced electronic components such as sirens and searchlights. As Mr. Kawano stated, the blue colored cars signifies the vast ocean in Micronesia.
President Mori noted the close relationship and strong alliance between Japan and FSM and hopes that they continue to strengthen the relationship between the two nations.
ASKA is an enterprise group, based on transportation such as taxis and buses. This enterprise group also specializes in handling advanced equipment for vehicles. 1900 taxis are with 4300 employees and the enterprise’s annual sale is 27 billion yen. Members comprised of Mr. Kawano’s delegation were Shigeki Sasakura, Yutaka Ezure and Ken Yoshizaki.
Present with President Mori were Department of Justice Secretary April Skilling, Chief of National Police Johnny Santos, Commander Steward Peter and staff.