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Japan Gives $3m for Scholarships

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The Japanese government will continue providing scholarships to young Cambodian government officials wishing to study in Japan, continuing a tradition of bilateral scholarship that began in 2000, officials said yesterday.
At a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, Japan’s Ambassador to Cambodia Yuji Kumamaru said his country would sponsor 24 Cambodian students for two-year stints of study in Japan with a combined scholarship fund of about $3 million. Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhon said at the ceremony the scholarships should be seen as a sign of increased bilateral cooperation between Japan and the Kingdom.
“This project will not only support and provide assistance to Cambodia, but also reflects the deep bilateral cooperation and fruitfulness of both countries. They enhance our strategy partnership that began in the year 2013,” Mr. Sokhon said, adding that Japan had played an integral role in Cambodia’s capacity building after its decades of civil war. Mr. Kumamaru said the scholarships would be awarded mainly to young and capable Cambodian government officials who will be expected to contribute to the  Kingdom after completing their studies in Japan.
“For this project, the Japanese government is going to provide grant aid of 332 million Yen [about $3 million] for 24 scholarship fellows to study in Japan for two years,” Mr. Kumamaru said at the ceremony yesterday.  
“I believe this project continues to contribute to human resource development in Cambodia, which is crucial for the sustainable development of this country,” he added.
The Japanese government has awarded 344 Cambodians with full scholarships to study in Japan since 2000.

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