Issue of March 30, 2014

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Japan envoy vows to strengthen peace, dev’t ties
by Harley Palangchao

Even long after World War II, Japanese Amb. Toshinao Urabe and diplomats from the Embassy of Japan have been actively promoting peace and development relations between their country and Philippines.

On Friday, Urabe made a 25-minute presentation that emphasized on the peace-building and development efforts being extended by Japan to the country over the past years.

The presentation was made at Abong, a reception apartment under the management of the Fil-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc., with Baguio and Benguet officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda, and other guests.

“We can achieve peace and prosperity through cooperation,” Urabe said.

The Japanese ambassador proudly announced President Benigno Aquino III himself acknowledged the contribution of Japan to the historic signing of a peace agreement between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on March 27.

Earlier, Urabe signed contracts for eight development projects worth P38 million through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects of the Japan government under the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development.

Urabe cancelled a scheduled trip to Baguio last year, as he was personally coordinating on the ground the relief efforts being extended by Japan in the search, rescue, and retrieval operations.

Japan now has shifted its efforts to reconstruction and rehabilitation program in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Japan has allotted close to $622M in its relief efforts in Visayas while private groups and companies from the country also transported machines and equipment to help reconstruct the areas hardly hit by Yolanda.

Urabe also discussed the good commonalities between Japanese and Filipino in terms of cultural and traditional practices.

Japan Embassy has special interests in Baguio and the rest of Northern Luzon as far as history is concerned.

Last year, officers, members, and guests of the Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon Inc. gathered to be part of momentous triple-anniversary celebration.

Ceremonial rites and wreath laying at the commemorative marker at the view deck at Kennon Road were held for the 110th anniversary of the entry of the Japanese workers who helped in the road’s construction.

Last year also marked the 26th founding anniversary and the 41st founding anniversary of the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon Inc.

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