4th Japan Festival 2018 in Laos

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We are going to have a largest scale Japan related event here in Vientiane ever, with Japanese Drum and Traditional Instruments’ Performance, Concert by Japanese and Lao singers, Japanese Foods, Character show, Cool & Kawaii JAPAN 2018 (J-POP Cover-dance Competition and Cosplay Contest), Japan Production Exhibition, Japanese and Lao Folk dance and so on!
Just join us and have much fun on 2nd, 3rd, 4th February at Lao-ITECC!!

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Grant aid Government of Japan

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The government of Japan will provide grant aid amounting to 1.4 billion Japanese yen (over US$12 million) to implement the project for improving the lower secondary school environment in the central and southern provinces.The signing ceremony for the exchange of notes for grant aid for the project took place yesterday in Vientiane. 

The notes were signed and exchanged by Ambassador of Japan to Laos Mr Takeshi Hikihara and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Saleumxay Kommasith.

Under the new grant aid, the project will expand and rebuild some 37 secondary schools in four central and southern provinces, and provide furnishings such as desks and chalkboards. 

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Lao Ambassador Commits to Strengthening Laos-Japan Ties

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Lao Ambassador Commits to Strengthening Laos-Japan Ties

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Lao Ambassador to Japan, Virod Sundara

(KPL) The newly appointed Lao Ambassador to Japan, Mr Virod Sundara, confirmed that he would do his utmost to foster relations between Laos and Japan when presenting his credentials to Japan’s Emperor Akihito on April 11.

During the meeting, Ambassador Virod, who resides in Tokyo, Japan, conveyed the greetings of President Bounnhang and his wishes of good health to the Japan’s Emperor Akihito and further progress and prosperity to the Government and people of Japan.

Mr Virod has been appointed as the ninth Lao Ambassador to Japan since the two countries established the diplomatic relations in March 1955.
Source: KPL

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Japan Provides 500 Million Yen Non-project Grant to Laos

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October 5, 2016

The signing of an exchange note on the provision of grant aid from Japan valued at 500 million yen for economic and social development in Laos was concluded yesterday in Vientiane.

The note was signed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Khampao Eunthavanh and Japanese Ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara.

The signing followed on from prior communication between the heads of the Lao and Japanese governments, Prime Minister ThonglounSisoulith and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at the high-level bilateral meeting held in Vientiane earlier last month on the occasion of the official visit of the Japanese prime minister to Laos, responding quickly to a request from his Lao counterpart that was made in May on occasion of his working visit to Japan.

Laos has drawn up the next five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan for implementing the national strategy on socio-economic development, which aims to facilitate eligibility for graduation from least developed country (LDC) status by 2020 through a variety of measures consolidating regional and international integration.

This non-project grant aid aims at promoting efforts by the Lao government for economic and social development. The grant aid will be used for the purchase of necessary commodities in the Lao territories.

“Through this grant aid, it is anticipated that the assistance from the government of Japan will support the Lao government in achieving the goals,” it was stated in a press release from the Japanese Embassy in Laos.

Japan has been engaged with economic and social development in Laos for many years. Furthermore, this year will be a historic year for Japan’s Official Development Assistance to Laos because both the Lao and Japanese prime ministers have agreed to pilot a cooperative development plan.

The joint development plan, which will be carried out alongside Laos’ eighth five-year national socio-economic development plan, focuses on the development of land and air routes, development of power generation, development of human resources for industry, irrigation for agriculture, as well as public infrastructure.

The cooperation plan aims to develop the land and air routes as a transportation network that meets Asean and international standards and is resistant to natural disasters.

Japanese assistance also aims to facilitate efforts by the Lao government in taking further steps towards industrialisation and modernisation to enhance people’s living standards and increasing national property in order to achieve Laos’ aim of becoming an upper middle-income ranking country by 2030.

Deputy Minister Khamphao thanked the Japanese government for the continued non-project assistance, saying Japan provided 500 million yen or around 40 billion kip to Laos last year for rebalancing the state budget this year.

“The assistance has contributed to socio-economic development in Laos, especially to gradual poverty reduction, and graduation from LDC status.

Source: Vientiane Times

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Japan Supports UXO Clearance Efforts in Laos

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August 17, 2016

The Government of Japan has extended grant assistance worth US$570,662 for Mechanical Cluster Submunition Clearance in Xieng Khuang, one of most UXO contaminated provinces in Laos.

The signing ceremony for the grant contract for this project was held at the Japanese Embassy on Aug 15 between Japanese ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara, and President of the Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) Ryuichiro Arakawa.  The signing event was witnessed by Embassy officials and JMAS staff concerned.

JMAS is a Japanese non-profit organization that has been actively engaged in UXO clearance activities in the Lao PDR since 2005.

The project aims to contribute to securing a safety living environment and rural development in Xieng Khuang by accelerating UXO clearance with Cluster Submunition Clearance Machines (CSCM).

The objective of the project is also to accelerate UXO clearance by establishing Standard Operating Procedures of CSCM.

In developing the Standard Operating Procedures, selection of clearance areas, effective operation procedures, and safety management are main topics for consideration in order to maximize the clearance capacity of CSCM.

It is hoped that this project will help UXO Laos to accelerate UXO-clearance operations in the Lao PDR in the medium and long-term.

JMAS implemented many UXO projects in Xieng Khuang from 2005-2009, in Saravan in 2011, Attapeu and Champassak from 2011-2013, and in Vientiane Capital in 2014-2015.

Japan, fully aware of the importance of UXO issues, prioritizes this issue in its ODA policy towards the Lao PDR.

Japan has placed particular emphasis on UXO-clearance operations through funding, technical assistance, capacity building, and by providing necessary equipment such as detectors and bush-cutters.

Japan has also supported UXO-related risk education and the medical treatment of UXO victims.

Source: KPL

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Laos, Japan Agree on Joint Development Plan

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September 8, 2016

Laos and Japan have agreed on a joint development direction for Laos with the two countries joining forces to remove the landlocked nation from Least Developed Country status.

The agreement came at a high-level bilateral meeting held in Vientiane on Tuesday led by the heads of the Lao and Japanese governments, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who discussed progress towards sustainable development in Laos.

The joint development plan, which will be carried out alongside Laos’ eighth five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan, focuses on the development of land and air routes, development of power generation, development of human resources for industry, irrigation for agriculture, and public infrastructure.

To expand land and air routes, the cooperation plan aims to develop them as a transportation network that meets ASEAN and international standards and is resistant to natural disasters. In this programme, the two countries will develop road and bridge infrastructure to improve Laos as an inland transportation hub with improved customs clearance, international border checkpoints, and other features that will facilitate the country’s distribution network in the Mekong region.

As a result of Japan’s support, the Project for the Expansion of Vientiane International Airport is making progress, and a programme to develop Laos’ airports will be jointly pursued from a medium- to long-term perspective.

The two countries will jointly engage in promoting the development of power generation and electricity networks to make the maximum use of Laos’ abundant water resources and promote the development of infrastructure for industrial development by ensuring a stable electricity supply. Under this initiative and Innovation Asia, Japan will support the development of Laos’ human resources for the enhancement of its industrial competitiveness, and will also implement measures that enable competent personnel to gain firsthand experience in Japan’s innovative environment.

Under the cooperation plan, irrigation will be made possible so that agricultural commodities that are safe and have a regional flavour can be produced. Health, medical care, education, water works, sewerage systems, electricity and public transport will be put in place in a balanced manner in cities and regions, and green growth will be promoted throughout the country.

In this plan, Japan will implement high-quality support on both tangible and intangible fronts to strengthen Laos’ connectivity with its neighbours, based on the Partnership for Quality Infrastructure and Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure and under the Japan-Mekong Connectivity Initiative.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Japan committed to provide a non-project grant of about 500 yen (about 39.8 billion kip) for activities to be implemented this year. Japan tops the list of foreign countries providing Official Development Assistance to Laos, offering about US$100 million annually.

About 20 Japanese grant projects have been implemented in Laos every year aiming to improve the livelihoods of the Lao people at the grassroots level. Prime Minister Thongloun thanked the Japanese government for the official development assistance provided to Laos in the past, and especially Ja pan’s commitment on this year’s non-project grant. During his visit to Laos, Prime Minister Abe paid a courtesy visit to President Bounnhang Vorachit at the Presidential Office.

Source: Vientiane Times

 

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Japan to Help Transform Laos

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September 10, 2016

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VIENTIANE – Japan and Laos have agreed on a joint plan to spur development in the landlocked Southeast Asian country during a meeting between their leaders.

At their meeting held on the sidelines of the Asean summits here this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Lao counterpart, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, affirmed Japan’s commitment to work with Laos to build links with neighbouring countries, diversify the Lao economy and bridge urban-rural gaps, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Under the plan, aimed at lifting Laos out of the United Nations’ category of least developed countries by 2020, Japan will cooperate with Laos in building road and bridge infrastructure, developing public transport for the capital, Vientiane, and continuing joint work on developing its international airport.

The plan also provides for enhancing education and job training, promoting public-private dialogue and funding small and medium-sized enterprises, among other things.

A Japanese official who briefed reporters said Mr Sisoulith told Mr Abe that Laos is carrying out legal reform to encourage more Japanese companies to invest directly in Laos, saying Japanese investment will in turn invite investment from other countries, Kyodo said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Japan committed itself to providing a non- project grant of about 500 million yen (S$6.6 million) for activities to be implemented this year, according to Vientiane Times.

Japan tops the list of foreign countries providing Official Development Assistance to Laos, offering about US$100 million (S$134.7 million) annually, the report added.

Japan is vying with China, which has also committed itself to a large number of investments in Laos, for influence not just in the region but also in Africa, said Kyodo.

Source: Straits Times

 

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Miss Laos 2011 visit Japan

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Japanese government invited officially Miss Laos 2011, Ms Louknum Thidalat Vongsili to Japan for one week, in order for introducing every charm in Japan! During her stay from 16th to 22th March, she visited Fukuoka to take part in one of the biggest fashion show in Japan, FACo. She visited also Takayama, an old city with lots of atmosphere, wearing Kimono (Japanese traditional cloth) and took a walk in the town. In Tokyo, she visited a Japanese high school and had a cultural exchange, had an opinion exchange with “an angel of water” in Japan, awarded in Miss Japan competition, and Japanese traditional candy making experience. Don’t you think that you also want to go to Japan??

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Source: Japan Embassy

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Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Meets with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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1. On March 6, commencing at 4:10 p.m. for 25 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Sonexay Siphandone, Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), who is visiting Japan by the invitation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

2. At the beginning, Minister Kishida welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Sonexayto Japan, and appreciated that the Lao PDR guided the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-related meetings to success last year as the ASEAN Chair. Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay expressed gratitude for this invitation to Japan, and stated that he feels overjoyed that exchanges between Japan and the Lao PDR are prospering at various levels.

3. Following that, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay expressed his gratitude for Japan’s attendance at last year’s ASEAN-related meetings and the various support that Japan extended at that time. In addition, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay explained that following the entry into force of the Air Services Agreement in May last year, he hopes to make progress with the realization of direct flights. Minister Kishida explained that Japan will contribute in various fields in order to realize the Japan-Lao PDR Joint Development Cooperation Plan. Minister Kishida expressed expectation that the Lao PDR’s will improve its investment environment so that Japanese companies can set up further businesses there, and that direct flights will commence.

4. In addition, Minister Kishida stated that he also intends to coordinate closely on issues such as the situation in South China Sea near future.

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