Bougainville News: Japan Ambassador presents to Bougainville historical site

Japanese Presentation

Anthony Kaybing

The Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea, Hiroharu Iwasaki, presented to the people of the local surrounding area of the historical Yamamoto crash site in Buin South Bougainville equipment for its up keep.

The equipment, 5 chainsaws and 5 slashers were received by Autonomous Bougainville Government President Chief Dr John Momis at a dinner hosted by Ambassador Iwasaki on Tuesday (120814).

The equipment are gifts made possible by the Yamamoto Association based in Nagakoa in Japan following a request by the locals around the Yamamoto Crash Site through President Momis.

The President thanked Ambassador Iwasaki on behalf of the people of Bougainville while extending his gratitude also to the Yamamoto Association.

President Momis says this act of kindness shows how strong the historical bonds between the people of Japan and Bougainville are.

The President said the commitment by the Japanese Government and its people to Bougainville has been positive through its continuous support of Bougainville’s development.

Ambassador Iwasaki, whose term in PNG ends next week, also commented on the historical bond shared by the people of Japan and Bougainville.

The Ambassador said the people and Government of Japan will continue to work closely with the people of Bougainville through mutual cooperation and strengthen its ties.

The Yamamoto Crash Site in Buin, South Bougainville is where Japanese Marshal Admiral and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Imperial Fleet during World War II, Isoroku Yamamoto was shot down by allied forces in 18th April, 1943.

Admiral Yamamoto was the Commander-in-chief of the Japanese Imperial Navy during the decisive early years of the Pacific War and so was responsible for major battles such as Pearl Harbor and Midway.

He died when American code breakers identified his flight plans and his plane was shot down. His death was a major blow to Japanese military morale during World War II.

Bougainville News: Bougainville Government passes its own mining law



By Aloysius Laukai 

The Bougainville Autonomous Government House of representatives this afternoon passed the controversial Bougainville Transitional Mining law after a lengthy debate which included the 41 ABG members and two National Government members, the Member for Central Bougainville, JIMMY MIRINGTORO and the Regional member, JOE LERA.

The new Bougainville transitional mining law now means that the PNG mining law ceases to apply in Bougainville and this means the Bougainville Copper Agreement also ceases to operate on Bougainville as of today.

This means that any future mining on Bougainville and including exploration would only be granted license under this law and by the ABG.

This law has also created history in that Landowners are now the rightful owners of their resources and have the VETO power to stop any development on their land.

This law also addresses the call by many critics that wanted stolen rights to return to the people of Bougainville. And all other interested players must now come through the ABG instead of dealing directly with the landowners as many cases in the past.

Today’s parliament sitting was witnessed by all stakeholders who have a special interest in Bougainville and was also witnessed by people who travelled all the way from North, Central and South Bougainville.

The law now enables any interested groups especially landowners who want to work with their partners to register their interests either on exploration or mining on Bougainville . The new Bougainville mining transitional law will operate until the permanent law on mining is passed by the ABG House