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Khmer to get social spaces in Japan

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Hou Vudthy, Undersecretary of State at the Labour Ministry, speaks to reporters at the ministry. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Japan Cambodia Interactive Association (JCIA)​​ plans to create cultural villages in four locations where Cambodians who work/live in Japan can meet and celebrate while they are far from home.


Hou Vudthy, Undersecretary of State at the Labour Ministry, said on Friday (Feb. 1) that the JCIA wants the villages so that families of Cambodian workers in Japan have a place to come to and  celebrate traditional Khmer festivals together.

“Our workers and trainees can congregate at a cultural village to entertainment themselves or play traditional games together.  It is also a place where Khmer culture and traditional are showed to Japanese people and other foreigners; once they know [about it] and they will come to visit more and more.”

Mr Vudthy averred that the Minister of Labour agrees that the project will facilitate reunions with the relatives and friends of the Khmer in Japan.

JCIA director Fumio Yamada said that previously Cambodians working in Japan were few in number, but now they are over 9,000.  Yet when there is a Cambodian national festival they have no place to get together and celebrate.

“One more reason for me to make the cultural village is for them to have a place to gather with friends or family.”

Mr Yamada will use the JCIA budget to finance the project but additionally requests support from charities of both countries.

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