Tokyo still concerned about security

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:44, May 25,2017 | Updated: 00:51, May 25,2017


Tokyo is still concerned about extremism although it praised steps taken by Dhaka to ensure security for Japanese in Bangladesh.
Visiting Japan International Cooperation Agency president Shinichi Kitaoka expressed the views at a meeting with finance minister AMA Muhith at the ministry on Wednesday.
Muhith told reporters after the meeting that Tokyo’s concern about overall security in Bangladesh was not over yet.
The government of Japan is yet to withdraw travel ban on its female citizens in Bangladesh, he said.
Seven Japanese citizens – five men and two women – were among 17 foreigners killed in an extremist attack of a Gulshan cafe in Dhaka on July 1.
Since then Tokyo is concerned about its citizens in Bangladesh that slowed down many JICA-funded projects in the country.
Muhith said that Japan was the biggest bilateral donor country with annual disbursement of $600 million.
‘The amount would be $1 billion in the next year’ with the commitment of $5 billion aid by the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Dhaka in 2014, he said.
Muhith said that they would hold memorial events on July 1 every year in the honour of the deceased Japanese citizens as requested by JICA president.
He said that the government would announce elaborate programme soon to mark the day. 

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