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Japan to open new consulate

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Japanese minister Nobuo Kishi meets Mr Sokhonn. Supplied

Japan is to open a consulate in Siem Reap to cater for the increasing number of its citizens visiting the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex.
The news was revealed during a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and  Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi in Phnom Penh yesterday. Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said: “His Excellency State Minister Kishi said Japan would open the new consulate office in January 2018 in response to the increasing number of Japanese tourists visiting Cambodia. State Minister Kishi also said he is ready to work closely with Mr. Sokhonn to strengthen the ties between the both countries.
“He also thanked the Japanese government for always providing development assistance and encouraging Cambodia’s economic development.”
Cambodia and Japan first established diplomatic relations in 1953.
Since 2002, the Japanese government has provided more than $26.2 million for 95 projects in the kingdom, mainly in the areas of primary education, heath, agriculture and mine clearance.
The trade volume between Cambodia and Japan reached $1.3 billion last year.

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