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Press Release

November 22, 2017

Mr. Akihiro Nagashima in Nepal!

Mr. Akihiro Nagashima recently visited Nepal representing the NantokaShinakya (We Need to Do Something) Project mainly to observe development activities and to oversee the ongoing recovery efforts in Nepal post the earthquake in 2015. Mr. Nagashima is a former football player of the Japanese national team and currently is a very popular sports news anchor in Japan.

The Nantokashinakya Project also called as Nan-Pro commenced in July 2010 and majorly promotes international cooperation through public participation. The project is operated by the Japan NGO Centre for International Cooperation (JANIC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Representation Office and JICA mainly to promote information of the ongoing situation in developing countries and opportunities related to developing countries.

During his short-stay in Nepal he visited various JICA programs mainly Emergency Housing Reconstruction Projects, Quick Impact Projects, Livelihood Improvement Programs and Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in Chautara and Irkhu Municipality of Sindhupalchowk district and Kathmandu Durbar square respectively. He also met Japanese Volunteers and observed their work in Panauti and Bhaktapur.

Mr. Nagashima is also associated with Japan Football Association (JFA) as an Ambassador. He also paid courtesy visit to All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and interacted with Nepalese football national team and their head coach Mr. Koji Gyotuku in ANFA premises. The Nepali Football Team earlier this year had visited Japan upon invitation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JFA. JFA has been helping Nepali Football as two Japanese nationals have been working as head coach and technical director for the national team. ANFA officially requested the Japanese Government to dispatch technical director for continuing the support by JFA.

Mr. Nagashima's visit to Nepal is expected to further support the promotion of development efforts in Nepal and to help strengthen ties between Nepal and Japan.

Thank you.

For More Details:
Brinda Singh
Public Relations Officer
Email: SinghBrinda.NP@jica.go.jp

PhotoMr. Nagashima in Sudal, Bhaktapur playing football with kids from a local school.

PhotoMr. Nagashima observing the rehabilitation work at Kathmandu Durbar Square.

PhotoMr. Nagashima at ANFA with officials and players.


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