Yemeni lobsters for Tokyo [Archives:2002/08/Business & Economy]

February 18 2002

A bright note on Yemen trade came to light this week when it was revealed a shipment of lobsters worth US $200,000 will soon be on its way to Japan.
Shuichi Wakamatsu, general manager of the Nissho Iwai corporation, said the deal is now being finalized. And trade with Yemen is generally on the rise, he said, as Japanese traders, like him, are visiting and starting to see the potential here.
Mr. Shuichi is finalizing the lobster deal that will see them go to Tokyo.
This is the first time a Japanese merchant has imported lobsters directly from Yemen to Tokyo. Previously, shipments of lobsters and other marine products went to Dubai, and then distributed to different parts of the world.
The news came during a dinner held at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence Feb. 13, for Yemenis who have visited or were trained in Japan.
Mr. Hisham Sharaf deputy ministry of planning and development, hailed Japan as one of the major contributors to development in Yemen.
Tens of Yemenis visit Japan annually for training and studies under cooperation programs sponsored by the Japanese government. Mr. Mansour al-Shamiry, economic assistant at the embassy, said more than 200 Yemenis had been trained in Japan since 1992.
The event was also attended by other members of the embassy, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Yemeni-Japanese Friendship Association.
Yemeni trainees expressed appreciation to the Japanese government and embassy for the chance they were granted to study and be trained in Japan.
Japan is one of the major countries extending various aid to Yemen.