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With visits between the Japanese Imperial Family and the Tongan Royal Family, Tonga is a pro-Japan country, and its economic structure is dependent on money sent back from Tongans living overseas. In recent years, Tonga has been affected by the economic circumstances in countries such as New Zealand where some Tongans live to earn money, and in 2009, the amount of money sent from abroad dropped greatly (18 percent) compared to the previous year. Further, due to the slump in exports of crops such as kabocha squash and the effects of natural disasters such as tsunamis and cyclones, the economy overall is stagnant. JICA is providing assistance with a focus on environment, climate change measures and disaster preparedness projects. JICA also provides assistance to form an island community recycle-based society, promote the introduction of renewable energy, and strengthen monitoring and warning capacity.

Office Information
JICA Tonga Office
Level 3, National Reserve Bank of Tonga Building, Salote Road,
Fasi-moe-Afi, Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga
(P.O.Box 413, Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga)

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October 15, 2019 Pacific-LEADS (Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State) - Ms. Melesungu Pule, a master's degree holder in International Development, leads Tonga's Whale Watching Industry
October 23, 2018 Message from the Chief Representative
August 22, 2017 Four Young Tongans to Participate in the Master’S Degree and Internship Program for Pacific Leaders Educational Assistance for Development of States 2nd Batch (Pacific-Leads) by Government of Japan
November 15, 2016 Pacific-LEADS,1st Batch - Four TONGANS will participate -

News & Features

February 25, 2020 Kiribati declares the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis: Support for measures against “Neglected Tropical Diseases” through a public-private partnership
June 21, 2018 Signing of Grant Agreement with Tonga: Introduction of disaster preparedness system to the second-highest disaster risk country in the world
May 14, 2018 Aiming to Strengthen Ties With Islands in the Pacific Vol. 2: Supporting the Development of Human Resources for the Future
May 7, 2018 Aiming to Strengthen Ties With Islands in the Pacific Vol. 1: Promoting Renewable Energy
November 30, 2017 JICA hosted various events to celebrate World Tsunami Awareness Day

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