Japan to continue rendering assistance for Rakhine’s economic development

Maung Htoo
Japan will continue rendering assistance for economic development of Rakhine State, Myanmar, as part of implementation of poverty eradication project for Myanmar, said Japanese ambassador to Myanmar Ichiro Maruyama.
The ceremony of handing over new school buildings was held at No 9 Basic Education High School in Mingan Ward, Sittwe, Rakhine State.
Japanese ambassador to Myanmar Ichiro Maruyama said at the ceremony that the late development is one of main causes in the complexities facing Rakhine State. For that reason, we, the Japanese government, the Japanese embassy and the JICA are working together in the implementation of poverty eradication project in Rakhine State.
Rakhine needs to improve infrastructures such as transport, communications and electric power. Therefore, the Japanese government and the JICA will have to cooperate for ensuring Rakhine State to witness economic developments, said Japanese ambassador to Myanmar Ichiro Maruyama.
Ichiro Maruyama added that the criticism of international community for the problems facing Rakhine State totally goes against the actual situation happening in Rakhine. Japan’s stance is not like so. The issue in Rakhine State might last long as it concerns history of Myanmar. Japan appreciates the efforts made by the Union government, Rakhine State government and the residents. The Japanese government will keep on trying to give assistance to Myanmar.
The Japanese government pledged to reconstruct 39 schools because floods and landslides destroyed many schools during 2015. Out of them, 33 school buildings have been so far reconstructed.   
Translated and Edited by Win Htut