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Message from the Chief Representative

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Welcome to JICA Afghanistan web site.

I am kazuhisa Arai, Chief Representative of JICA Afghanistan Office. I am very glad to work with you to make our future better for Afghan, Japanese and anyone in the world.

We, the two countries, share the long history of relationship since ancient days of the Silk Road. In Japan, you can see precious treasures decorated with lapis lazuli and cultural influence coming from the old kingdom at the foot of Hindu Kush. We have been friends from that time.

In recent times, we have also kept close connection. Both of us established the diplomatic offices in each other's capital in early 1930s. Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince and Princess (Former Emperor and Empress) of Japan visited Afghanistan in 1971. Ms. Sadako Ogata was installed Prime Minister's Special Representative for Assistance to Afghanistan in 2001. She showed clear direction for peace in Afghanistan. She became the president of JICA in 2003 then led us to start practical operations. Recently, we Japanese cannot forget warm-hearted assistance from Afghan for our great damage by the earthquake in 2011.

JICA opened its Afghanistan Office in 2002. Many Afghan and Japanese have worked together in various areas and have showed rich fruits since then. I am proud of this way of our business, work together, think together and solve together. Opening our office was a small step in our long history. I hope to make it one giant leap for our future.

Besides keeping cooperation, we have struggled security issues for a long time, which have given limitations to our operations. There still exist many restrictions, we have worked hard to find a way out. At last, I am happy to tell you that we are revitalizing our office in Kabul step by step.

Let us tackle obstruction in front of us with you.

Kazuhisa ARAI
Chief Representative
JICA Afghanistan Office

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