Tokyo will launch a program to invite teachers from the Gaza Strip to Japan ever year in the hopes of sharing the country’s experience as a peaceful nation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.
Abe, speaking at the general debate of the U.N. General Assembly, said about 10 elementary and high school teachers will visit Japan in early 2019.
Under the program, teachers would visit Japanese schools and travel to Hiroshima, one of the country’s atomic-bombed cities, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
“Teachers who find themselves in Japan, a place so different for them both culturally and historically, will naturally put the situation in Gaza and the Middle East into a wider perspective,” Abe said.
“Such an experience should somehow work in a unique way as a solace to them,” the prime minister added.
The militant group Hamas effectively controls Gaza and Fatah, the Palestinian political party, the West Bank. The split has remained since 2007.
In May, violence erupted when the United States opened its embassy in hotly contested Jerusalem.