The Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Ito Naoki paid a two-day (September 12-13) visit to Cox's Bazar just after the 5th anniversary of the Rohingya influx and Japan's new contribution to UNHCR and WFP, USD 8.2 million.

He visited the learning center and multi-purpose center of UNICEF, the Rohingya Cultural and Memory Centre of IOM, and an aggregation center of WFP.

In addition, innovative reforestation sites by FAO-WFP leveraging insights of green pilot projects under the Japanese government funding at camp 11, and Ukhiya Specialized Hospital of UNHCR, recently opened under Japan's contribution, were explored.

Positive change was seen based on the endorsement of the skills development framework at the recent National Task Force, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.

Having an in-person meeting with RRRC Shah Rezwan Hayat, Ambassador Naoki highlighted providing skills development and livelihood opportunities for Rohingya refugees, particularly ensuring sustainability in Bhasan Char.

He also had an in-person meeting with Md. Mamunur Rashid, Deputy Commissioner of Cox's Bazar, referring to the importance of connectivity between MIDI and the refugee camp.

At the end of their stay in Cox's Bazar, he went to the photo exhibition of Rohingya refugees held at Cox's Bazar Cultural Centre.

Looking at pictures taken by Rohingya youth photographers, he said, "These artistic pieces really show the talents of refugees. It would be wonderful to bring such inspiring artists' event to Japan through UNHCR."

Since the outbreak of violence in Rakhine, Myanmar, in 2017, Japan has supported the Rohingya refugees, the government, and the people of Bangladesh, by providing more than USD 170 million in funding through international organizations and NGOs.

Japan will further cooperate with the relevant agencies for better living conditions for Rohingya and host communities both in Cox's Bazar and Bhasan Char while making an effort for early repatriation to Myanmar.

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