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Monday, January 09, 2006

Japanese Supermarket Giant Joins Fight To Help Tasmanian Devil - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Japanese Supermarket Giant Joins Fight To Help Tasmanian Devil - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases


A major Japanese supermarket chain has contributed more than $10,000 to help the Tasmanian Government investigate the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
Environment and Planning Minister Judy Jackson, today thanked the management, staff and customers of the Maxvalu Tokai Company for the donation which will contribute significantly to the devil research program and also to building a strong friendship between Tasmania and Japan.
The donation was presented to Ms Jackson at the Bonorong Wildlife Park by Maxvalu Tokai Company Director of Merchandising, Mr Seiji Iwata.
“This generous donation from the Maxvalu Tokai company will directly fund work being undertaken by scientists, biologists and researchers involved in the program here in Tasmania,” Ms Jackson said.
“This is not only a wonderful gift from the company, its staff and customers but also a symbol of friendship as well.”
Ms Jackson said the contribution was a good example of the role the public, industry and governments all had to play in conservation around the world.
“The project to investigate the Devil Facial Tumour Disease recognises that there is a range of expertise, resources and skills in a wide range of areas around the world that can assist in the efforts,” she said.
“To see people contributing to an environmental issue beyond their borders sends a strong message on their sense of concern for the environment.”
Ms Jackson said local fruit producer Tim Reid of Reid Fruits also deserved recognition for his role.
“Tim has worked for many years in building up a good trading relationship with his company’s fruit into the Japanese market and it is because of that strong relationship that this contribution has developed,” she said.
“During a visit to Japan, Tim took a letter from the Premier about the work being undertaken into the Devil Facial Tumour Disease and a variety of posters and information.
“However, it was the visit to Tasmania by Maxvalu President Mr Kazumi Uchiyama last year that their involvement began when he became taken with the environment here and interested in helping the Tasmanian devil.”
Ms Jackson said it was an excellent example of how Tasmania’s environment was an important contributor to the valuable trade markets.
Mr Iwata said the company wanted the contribution to be seen as more than just helping the Tasmanian devil.
“We see this as a way to build on the friendly relations that we already have,” he said.
“Our people who have visited have been very impressed with the beautiful natural environment here and when we heard about the plight of the Tasmanian devil we wanted to find a way we could help protect the environment.”

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