Ambassador Matsumoto attended a foundation laying ceremony for Japan Village Project in Mosul

On 25 June, Ambassador Futoshi MATSUMOTO, together with Mr. Abdulqader Al-Dakhil, the Governor of Ninawa, and representatives of Japanese companies, such as Toyota Iraq, Sumitomo Corporation, Nippon Paint, and TOTO as well as Peace Winds of Japan NGO had a roundtable discussion. The topic of discussion was a new Japanese project called “Japan Village”, which is being implemented by UN-Habitat in cooperation with the aforementioned Japanese companies and NGO to provide housings for IDP returnees, specially for the most vulnerable, including female-led households and persons with disabilities. In addition, the Project is to provide capacity building for unemployed youths to develop their construction skills and work experiences.
Following the discussion, they headed to the project site in Rajm Hadeed Neighborhood of Mosul where the Ambassador and the Governor laid the foundation stone for the Japan Village Project.
Japan continues to stand by the most vulnerable in Iraqi society. Ambassador Matsumoto hoped that this new approach of Japanese humanitarian assistance combining contributions from Japanese companies and NGOs would lead to more investment by Japanese companies in Mosul.