Brunei students to get taste of Japanese culture

James Kon

Five students from higher learning institutions left for the Study Trip to Japan for Bruneian Students Japan-Brunei Friendship Association to understand more about Japanese culture and how liquefied natural gas (LNG) is used in Japan.

The one-week trip also hopes to teach participants more about Japanese energy conservation and manufacturing technologies.

The students are Nur Firuz Najibah binti Haji Md Yussof from the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), group leader Nurul Syefa Hayati binti Maserwan from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Naderah Nabelah @ Derah binti Haji Mohd Faderin Lee and Muhammad Hassanul Ariffin bin Haji Ibrahim from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Nurul Amalina binti Haji Ahmad from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA). They are accompanied by Mitsubishi Corporation (Brunei) Project Coordinator Hajah Rohayati Haji Damit.

General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Brunei Liaison Office Masaki Fujiwara, who saw the students off at the Brunei International Airport, said, “The programme is similar to the one last year. The students will visit Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo Gas Negishi Terminal as well as Koyasan University and others.”

Stressing on the importance of the trip, he said, “Brunei LNG marks its 50th anniversary this year. It is very important for students to learn about Brunei-Japan relations, and how LNG is being delivered and used in Japan.”

“The first delivery of LNG from Brunei Darussalam was in 1972, after the establishment of Brunei LNG. I would like to convey my congratulations to the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the people of Brunei on this anniversary and the stable supply of energy to Japan, as well as the strong relations between Brunei Darussalam and Japan.

“We are very grateful for the stable supply of gas to Japan, especially during the 2011 Japan earthquake, when the nuclear power plant was down. We needed more energy and Brunei Darussalam supported the supply of energy as much as possible,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nurul Syefa Hayati said, “I am excited, I really love Japan. It has been my dream to go Japan. I learnt Japanese at UBD and I hope to make more friends and learn about the Japanese culture. As the team leader, I also hope to improve my leadership skills.”

General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Brunei Liaison Office Masaki Fujiwara with the delegation at the Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: JAMES KON