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The third year of cooperation for the JICA grassroots technical cooperation project to improve garbage problems in the Pacific Islands

June 28, 2019

On Wednesday, June 19, in relation to the project to improve garbage problems that Hachioji City began in Chuuk State of the Federated States of Micronesia in the southern Pacific Ocean, a party of six from the Environmental Protection Agency of Chuuk State visited the Hachioji City Office together with President Yoshihisa Baba of Soka University, a university cooperating with Hachioji City, and met with the Hachioji Mayor Takayuki Ishimori.

On August 28, 2017, Hachioji City concluded a three-year outsourcing contract with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an independent administrative institution, and have been sending city staff to Chuuk State of the Federated States of Micronesia.

For this project, Soka University's faculty and students are cooperating to improve the situation in the Federated States of Micronesia, an island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean, in solving the issue of huge volumes of the waste left outside homes or in the ocean.

Mayor Ishimori asked about the current situation of this project, which is now in its third year, and Mr. Atson Nakayama, a staff member of Weno Municipal Office, shared his greetings as follows: "This project is for Chuuk State. Ever since the agreement of the project, the waste issues in Micronesia have improved in tandem with your assistance in technology, such as in establishing a waste collection system and enacting regulations that prohibit the usage of plastic bags. We are very grateful to Hachioji City, JICA, and everyone at Soka University. I hope that this friendly relationship will continue on."

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