K20m chancery in Tokyo set to open

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THE Japan-Papua New Guinea relations take a turn for the better next month with the opening of the new PNG Embassy building in Tokyo and the commencement of twice-weekly Air Niugini flights from Port Moresby to Narita.
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare will open the new PNG chancery on March 31, the same day Air Niugini launches its second weekly Port Moresby-Narita flight.
Charge d’ Affaires Dennis Bebego said from Tokyo yesterday that the PNG Embassy was currently in the process of finalising arrangements for the formal opening and naming of the newly-constructed building by Sir Michael.
It cost the government K20 million to build the chancery.
This would be the second building to have been constructed and owned by the government to house its overseas diplomatic mission; the first being the PNG High Commission building in Canberra.
Construction began in May 2009 and was completed last December. 
The building was formally handed over on Jan 19.