The following is the full list of emergency relief goods provided to Sri Lanka through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to meet its humanitarian needs.
Sleeping pads 500
Portable jerry cans 250
Water Purifiers 10
Floodlight equipment with generators 10
Poisonous Gas Detectors 5
High Accuracy GPSs 5
Mobile Toilets 5
Japan has also decided to dispatch the Disaster Relief Expert team, who will arrive in Sri Lanka shortly. They will hold discussions with the emergency team of the Ministry of Disaster Management and other stakeholders on how to expedite the relief efforts and to reduce further risks. Japan is determined to continue to assist Sri Lanka in the field of disaster risk reduction.
The Government and people of Japan sincerely hope that the people of Sri Lanka will overcome this tragedy and strengthen the society’s resilience against disasters.
On April 15, Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan has sent his message to the Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, expressing his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the government and affected people who have been suffering from losses and damages caused the collapse of Meethotamulla garbage fill, and wishing for rapid rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected area. Prime Minister Abe also conveyed Japan’s readiness to provide disaster relief assistance to Sri Lanka.
Accordingly, today the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency relief goods (portable jerry cans, tents, sleeping pads, water purifier, generator) to Sri Lanka through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from Sri Lanka.
On the occasion of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s visit to Japan, the Exchange of Notes for the three development projects amounting to 45.7 billion Japanese Yen (approximately Rs. 61.3 billion) were signed on April 12, 2017 in Tokyo between H.E. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan on behalf of the Government of Japan and H.E. Prof. Dhamika Ganganath Dissanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka in the presence of H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, and Hon. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe. The signed projects were Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I), Rural Infrastructure Development Project in Emerging Regions and Trincomalee Port Development Programme, to facilitate social and economic development of Sri Lanka in line with its development agenda.
i.Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I): Japanese Yen 31.8 billion (approximately Rs. 43 billion) concessional Yen Loan will be provided for improving the accessibility to safe drinking water through the expansion of Kalu Ganga Water Supply System by adding the capacity of 140,000 m3/d to the system and restructuring water distribution networks in the Southern area of the Western Province. The Government of Japan previously supported the Stage I and Stage II of the Kalu Ganga Water Supply Project (Phase I) by adding the capacity of 120,000 m3/d to the water supply system in the Western Province.
ii.Rural Infrastructure Development Project in Emerging Regions : Japanese Yen 12.9 billion (approximately Rs. 17 billion) concessional Yen Loan will be provided to upgrade over 400 rural roads, small and medium irrigation facilities and community water supply systems in Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva provinces. The project as a whole will enhance the livelihood and improve living standards of the people in the regions.
iii.Trincomalee Port Development Programme : Japanese Yen 1 billion (approximately Rs. 1.3 billion) grant will be provided to procure the products such as mooring buoy and vessel, light bouy, automatic identification system and lights, which are all manufactured by Japanese enterprises to improve the facilities at the Tricomalee Port in order to enhance its daily port operations.
Japanese assisted Theldeniya Base Hospital complex was opened under the patronage of His Excellency President, Maithripala Sirisena and Mr. Koji Yagi, Charge d ’Affaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan, at Theldeniya on the 11th of April 2017.
The Government of Japan provided 3,935 million Japanese Yen (approximately LKR. 5,232 million) through JICA under the project “Improvement of Basic Social Services Targeting Emerging Regions”. The project aims to provide four secondary hospitals in Sri Lanka with facilities and necessary equipment to implement early detection, treatment and prevention of non-communicable diseases. Kaluwanchikudi Base Hospital and Warakapola Base Hospital were refurbished and vested to public recently under this project and Theldeniya Base Hospital was the third in line. Theldeniya Base Hospital was revamped with a five storied Operation Theatre Complex, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Judicial Medical Office Unit and latest Bio Medical equipment to ensure quality health care to the community of Central Province.
The Government of Japan hopes that this assistance will be effectively utilized to the welfare of the people seeking treatments in Sri Lanka to improve their health conditions and facilitate the long term development.
April 10, 2017
An Official Visit by the Japanese Ambassador to Galle and Hambantota Districts
H. E. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka met “ Tsunami awarded” students in Galle and celebrated the Model Village opening in Hambantota District with Hon. Minister of Housing and Construction.
On April 6, Ambassador Suganuma visited Galle Fort and met 6 students who had participated in the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” in Japan last November. The students shared their impressions on Japan, and told him what they have learnt from Japan’s experience of the devastating tsunami in 2011 and it’s efforts in disaster risk reduction. In addition, the students made presentations on the efforts underway in their own region regarding disaster management.
On April 7, Ambassador Suganuma attended the opening ceremony of “Sathmithugama” Model Village organized by Ministry of Housing and Construction with the attendance of Hon. Minister Sajith Premadasa, and Ambassador made a congratulatory speech in the ceremony.
Spouses of the Japanese Embassy Staff Support Better Future for Sri Lankan Youth
A sum of Rs. 311,350 was donated to two NGOs, namely “Surangani Voluntary Service (SVS)” and “Only One World (OOW)”, at a donation presentation ceremony presided over by Madam Akiko Suganuma, Spouse of Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka at the Japanese Ambassador’s official residence on Thursday, 30 March 2017.
The fund was raised by the Association of Spouses of the Japanese Embassy Staff (ASJES) through International Christmas Charity Bazar(ICCB) 2016 held at the Hilton Colombo Residence on 28 November 2016. The Association (ASJES) has supported activities of many NGOs in Sri Lanka over the past 30 years.
SVS was founded in 1992 and supports mainly preschool education in Sri Lanka. The organization was represented by its Director Ms. Shigeko Baba at the ceremony. The donation from ASJES will be utilized to buy musical instruments and costumes for Marching Band of 35 children at Little Tree Disabled Children Center. This is the 16th donation from ASJES to SVS since 2001. Learning patience and concentration through the practice of musical instruments, and experiencing the joy of playing music with others, is a great way to support children’s growth and development. And ASJES is honored to be supporting such a worthy cause.
OOW was founded in 1991 by former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan Mr. Arthur Basnayake and his wife Mrs. Damini Basnayake. OOW grants scholarships to bright and deserving students who face difficulty in attending schools due to economic challenges, and also donates medical equipment to hospitals. This is the 5th donation from ASJES to OOW since 2013.The donation from ASJES will be utilized to award monthly stipends for 4 years to two students, Miss. ATHUKORALA ARACHCHIGE ASHANI LAKSHIKA and Miss. ATHUKORALA ARACHCHIGE CHAMODI LAKSHIKA.
These two awardees expressed their gratitude to OOW and Japan at the ceremony. Mrs. Damini Basnayake, who represented OOW at the ceremony, mentioned that the scholarships through OOW were extremely helpful for students from economically challenged backgrounds.
Japan organized Women, Peace and Security seminar in Matara
As a part of the program of Pacific Partnership 2017(PP17), the seminar shared experiences from the United State, Australia, UN Women and Japan in formulating the National Action Plan on Women, Security and Peace, based on United Nation Security Council resolution 1325, which was adopted in 2000 and encourages member states to incorporate gender perspectives in their respective peace and security efforts. More than one hundred people from the Government of Sri Lanka and civil society participated in the seminar.
The seminar was opened by a welcome remark from the Embassy of Japan, followed by active panel discussions. One of the participants asked how the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security could be reflected to other policies. An official of the Government of Japan responded to it by explaining that the Basis Plan for Gender Equality, requires any other policies to reflect the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
The Government of Sri Lanka had already formulated the draft of National Action Plan on Women, Security and Peace in 2008. Sharing experience from the United States, Australia, UN Women and Japan would contribute to Sri Lanka with the restart of its further development of National Action Plan on Women, Security and Peace.
Japan supports inclusive development in Trincomalee, Kandy and Moneragala
The Government of Japan has agreed to provide US$296,520 (approx. RS. 42.7 million) for three projects for inclusive development by supporting resettled fishermen in Trincomalee, victims of gender based violence in Kandy, and persons with disabilities in Moneragala. The grant contracts were signed under the scheme; “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Securities Project (GGP)” on 9th March at the Embassy of Japan, between His Excellency Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan and Dr. Harsha Kumara Navaratne, Chairman of Sevalanka Foundation, Ms. S. G. Stephen Chairperson of Women Development Center and Mr. Wickramage Nalin Vipulendra, President of Surangani Voluntary Services, respectively.
Dr. Harsha Kumara Navaratne, Director of Sevalanka Foundation mentioned; “Sevalanka’s continued cooperation with the government of Japan through the GGP funding initiated in the year 2002 is further strengthened with the agreement to implement a project this year; that will lead to improved income and quality of life and wellbeing of the children of recent returnees to Sampur. This project will trail on the decades of support that the Japanese Government and Sevalanka together provided for the vulnerable communities in their sustained resettlement.”
“The Project for the renovation of the shelter facility for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Kandy”, to be implemented by Women‘s Development Center with US$110,236 (Approx. Rs. 16 million), will focus on renovating a shelter for victims of Gender Based violence to provide a safe and secure space and a hygienic environment. It will also help to expand the premises to accommodate more people as the current shelter caters to a lesser number compared to the actual requirement.
Ms. S. G. Stephen Chairperson of Women Development Center expressed that; “The Shelter for the survivors of gender based violence located in the Kandy district is a safe haven that houses an average of 450 girls and women survivors of GBV per year. Residents are provided various services contributing towards their empowerment and social integration. Renovating and extending building facilities at the shelter will significantly improve housing and access within the shelter as well as improve the facilities made available to the residents.”
“The Project for the Construction of Model Resource Center for the Persons with Disabilities in Buttala Division, Moneragala District”, to be implemented by Surangani Voluntary Services with US$90,360 (Approx. RS. 13 million), will focus on construction of a Resource Center in Buttala, in Moneragala District, providing not only medical rehabilitation and therapy services for persons with disabilities but also training program on special needs for school teachers and social welfare officers.
Mr. Wickramage Nalin Vipulendra, President of Surangani Voluntary Services noted; “We have gained skill and love for children with special needs and their families in the Buttala area since we started working there in 2011. Surangani Voluntary Services with the cooperation of the Government officers who are keen to help, will create a new model Resource Center for people who have been left behind. This place includes a therapy room, library, meeting place, auditorium, counselling room and an IT Center. The project will be a wonderful model for how the public sector and NGOs can work and support each other to develop better quality of life for all. We hope this place will be the best model in Sri Lanka”.
February 27, 2017
Japanese Grant Aid to support counterterrorism capabilities of the Government of Sri Lanka
The Exchange of Notes for the above project was signed between H.E. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka and Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, on February 27, 2017 at the Ministry of Finance in Sri Lanka .
The first episode will begin on 26 February at 4:05 p.m. followed by each episode to be telecasted on every Sunday at 4:05 p.m. The programme has been subtitled in English and dubbed into Sinhalese.
The Tora-san movies were directed by Yoji Yamada and actor Kiyoshi Atsumi continued to play the role of Tora-san throughout 48 episodes over 26 years (1969-1995). Director Yoji Yamada is among the most renown film direcotors in Japan, whereas actor Kiyoshi Atsumi was among the most respected actors in Japan who received “People’s Honor Award” (similar to Deshamanya in Sri Lanka) in 1996 immediately after his decease.
The film series is provided by the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka under the special courtesy of the Japan Foundation, and we do hope that many Sri Lankans will enjoy the series and become more interested in Japan.
The main character “Tora-san” is a traveling salesman who wanders from town to town by peddling his wares with a small suitcase and some pocket money as his sole possessions. Once in a while he yearns to return to his relative home in Shibamata, Tokyo.
His family members include Sakura (his kind-hearted younger sister), Hiroshi (Sakura's husband), Mitsuo (son of Sakura and Hiroshi), Tatsuzō (Tora-san's elderly uncle) and Tsune (Tora-san's elderly aunt). Tatsuzō and Tsune run a traditional sweets (Dango) shop in Shibamata.
Each time Tora-san unexpectedly drops in on his family, he creates troubles. While the family members are glad to see him, eventually they end up in argument with Tora-san, and he storms off with his belongings just as suddenly.
Some time later, he arrives in some remote town to peddle his wares to the locals. There he meets a "Madonna", whether she be a widow or divorced or in some kind of distress. Tora-san usually tells the damsel to visit his family's Dango shop to receive help. When she arrives there, Tora-san’s family members come to know that Tora-san has fallen in love with her.
However, in his shy efforts to win the Madonna's heart, Tora-san always ends up in failure or, in some cases, in paring her with another man. Then Tora-san, with his brave face but broken heart, wanders off again on his journey.
Japan to extend waste collection trucks for "Clean and Green Galle"
Grand opening of the Japan Visa Application Centre
in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Application ‘drop-off’ facilities are also launched in 9 cities to increase accessibility to visa services for residents
Speaking about the launch, Ambassador Suganuma said, “In recent years, the number of people traveling between Japan and Sri Lanka has increased, resulting in over 20,000 visa applications being submitted to the Embassy for the first time in 2016, triple the number of applications that was received 5 years ago. With the launch of Japan visa application centres in Colombo and Jaffna, we aim to cater to the increasing volume of visa applications, by reducing the waiting time and offering extended hours for submissions, as well as outreaching to 09 major cities outside of Colombo for application, which would surely ensure greater accessibility and convenience to applicants.”
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East and South Asia,
VFS Global, said, "With the opening of the Japan Visa Application Centre in Colombo, travellers to Japan will now get their visas processed through our professionally managed services. We are confident that these centres will positively contribute to the strong ties of travel between the two countries, by maintaining best-in-class standards of service quality for applicants.”
To increase accessibility to visa services for applicants living outside Colombo, VFS Global has also launched visa application drop-off centres in 9 cities across Sri Lanka. The drop-off centres shall merely act as collection and distribution centres for visa applications and processed passports. All applications are forwarded from these locations to the main processing centre in Colombo. Applications can be submitted at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Jaffna, or at any of the Aramex ‘drop-off’ centres in Kandy, Kurunegala, Galle, Puttalam, Katunayake, Peliyagoda, Biyagama and Ratmalana.
VFS Global also manages Japan visa processing services in Russia, India, Thailand, P.R. China and Vietnam, and has been serving the Government of Japan since 2010. VFS Global consistently strives to support the client government in smoothly processing large volumes of visa applications and to enhance accessibility to visa application facilities for leisure, MICE (Meeting, Incentive tour, Convention/Conference, Exhibition), and business travellers, so that the Embassy can focus on the key task of adjudication of visa applications.
Key features of the centre include:
- Skilled staff well-versed with the local language to handle applications and queries
- Extended operating hours enabling visitors to submit applications at their time of convenience
- 100% secure handling of passports, documents and personal information
- Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, checklist, applicable fees, visa status update
- Doorstep delivery of passports
Japan Visa Application Centre
Address: 4 1/1, Geethanjali Place, Colombo - 03, Sri Lanka
Helpline: +94720910106 | 0800 hrs - 1700 hrs | Monday to Friday (except declared holidays)
Submission Timings: 0800 hrs – 1600 hrs | Monday - Friday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
Document Collection: 0800 hrs – 1600 hrs | Monday - Friday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications on behalf of client missions. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the respective consulates and embassies. Timelines for turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authorities.
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