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Japan assures commitment

Tevita Vuibau
Monday, July 30, 2012

DESPITE facing its own difficulties after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Japan has assured Fiji that its policy of aid to the country has not changed.

Japanese Embassy First Secretary Maki Takato shared the sentiments with The Fiji Times while officiating over the handing over of a new water supply system to Yacata Village in Cakaudrove.

"The Japanese government provided a grant of $6million to Fiji in March and we strongly promote assistance for community projects in Fiji," Mr Takato said.

"In that regard, the Japanese assistance policy to Fiji has not changed," he said. He said the Japanese Embassy had allocated funds for 13 projects in Fiji this fiscal year with a focus on assisting those in flood-affected areas.

"The Japanese Embassy will be signing the agreements for another three projects in August and these projects will assist schools affected by the floods," Mr Takato said.

"The three schools are Ratu Nemani Primary School, Nabila Primary School and Ratu Ilaisa Primary School," he said.

Mr Takato also said Japan was considering further assistance for areas affected by floods.

He said Japan had underlined its policy of assistance to Fiji and the Pacific island countries with the pledging of $897,988,505.75 in aid assistance to the region over the next three years.

Speaking on the newly-built water supply system at Yacata Village, Mr Takato said 167 people in 45 families on the island had experienced intermittent water supply for a long time.

"However, I believe that the newly installed water system and standpipes will adequately cater for all members of the community of Yacata community, helping them to overcome such challenges," he said.

"Japanese funding for such projects is given through Japan's assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Program (GGP)," he added.