Japan gives $4b in aid to Jordan since 1974 — diplomat

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AMMAN — Assistance in grants, loans and technical cooperation in economic and services fields provided by Japan to Jordan since 1974 until March 2022 totaled $4 billion, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Chargé d’Affaires at the Japanese embassy Netsu Shuntaro said that Jordan-Japan relations are based not only on historical ties between the royal and imperial families, but also on strong relations between the two peoples.

Japan supports Jordan in maintaining its status as the cornerstone of peace and stability in the region, Shuntaro said.

Jordan is rich in archaeological, cultural and natural sites, and Japan recognizes the important role of Jordan’s tourism sector in promoting self-reliance and sustainable economic development and in creating jobs, he added.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is in charge of Japan’s official development assistance. It began operating in Jordan in 1985. JICA helped establish five museums across Jordan, the latest being the Petra Museum, for which Japan provided a grant of approximately JD5 million, according to the Japanese embassy.

His Majesty King Abdullah laid the foundation stone of the museum in 2014. Construction began in 2017 and ended a year later, and the museum was officially opened by HRH Crown Prince Hussein in April 2019.

The embassy noted that the Petra Museum app, available in Google Play and Apple Store, which offers features, including an exhibition map to help visitors explore the museum, was developed for a virtual tour; it is supported by a text and audio description of some 40 exhibits in Arabic, English and Japanese.

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