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Japan to Upgrade Water Supply Systems for Niuatoputapu

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15 March 2013 H.E. Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga, called on Hon. Sosefo Fe'aomoeata Vakata, People's Representative of the Niua's and Minister for Public Enterprise and informed that the Government of Japan formalized Japan's assistance to upgrade the water supply systems in Niuatoputapu through Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project, GGP, at 12:00 noon, Thursday 14th March 2013.

H.E Dr. Hamuro stated that, since 2009, Japan closely monitored the progress of the assessment of the recovery and reconstruction to support its reconstruction and it became more concerned after the Great East Japan Earthquake.  H.E. Dr. Hamuro also expressed his pleasure that the Government of Japan formalized smoothly after the finalization of the reconstruction plan.  "I would appreciate you letting the people of these villages know, when you have an opportunity," H.E. Dr. Hamuro also mentioned.

Japan's GGP is to provide a total grant of USD$321,951.00 for the construction and upgrading of water supply for Falehau, Hihifo and Vaipo in Niuatoputapu. (See Project Factsheet for detail of assistance).

The response to natural disasters, including the GGP projects to Niuatoputapu, became one of the center pillars of Japan's contribution in the South Pacific region in the 6th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM 6) held in Okinawa, last May.  Along with technical cooperation through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Government of Japan invited Tongan officials, members of communities, and youths, including those from Niuatoputapu, to share Japan's efforts and practices in the field of disaster prevention since 2009.

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Issued by the: Embassy of Japan office, Nyuku'alofa, 2013. For further enquires please contact:  Mr. Fumihito Shinohara, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Tonga. Level 5, National Reserve Bank of Tonga Building / Telephone: 22-221 / Fax 27-025

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