Sao Paulo, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)–A ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the start of Japan’s official development assistance to Brazil was held Monday in Sao Paulo.
Japan has provided aid of over 440 billion yen in total to the South American country, which has some two million people of Japanese ancestry, the world’s largest such community outside Japan, making significant contributions to fields such as agriculture, iron manufacture and the preservation of Amazon forest.
“Recently, we’ve helped improve the local security situation by launching a project to establish police boxes in almost all states, mainly Sao Paulo,” Japan International Cooperation President Shinichi Kitaoka said at the event.
Kitaoka also showed JICA’s plans to make efforts to nurture personnel who can play as a bridge between the two countries.
“Brazil’s industries, including steel as well as paper and pulp, couldn’t have achieved today’s development without the help of Japan,” Brazilian lawmaker Vitor Lippi said.
Lippi expressed his sincere gratitude to Japan, while noting the impact Japanese assistance has had on the agricultural business in Brazil.
In 1979, Japan started a development project in Cerrado, central Brazil, where farming was not an option.
Over decades, Cerrado, an area with savanna climate, has become a farming area that produces some 20 pct of world grain harvest, according to JICA.