Pacific Island Nations Program
Since the establishment of the Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund in 1989, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) has carried out various activities, including exchange programs and human resource development projects, with the aim of contributing to the stability of the Pacific region as well as the prosperity of Pacific island nations. More recently, SPF has focused on the Micronesia region, which is not only geographically close to Asia but also has deep historical ties with Japan. In February 2016, SPF together with the Nippon Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Palau to support its government through projects enhancing capacity-building efforts with the country’s coastguard and promotion of eco-conscious tourism. Furthermore, in light of the recent growing influence of Pacific island nations in the international arena, SPF will also broaden its focus to include emerging issues in the Pacific islands region.