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Press Release

May 24, 2017

JICA shows support to PH-based karate fighters to boost Japan-PH relations

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is supporting the first Friendship Karate Tournament with the Philippines' largest karate organization Kyokushin Karate-do Philippines to further boost international relations and friendship with the Philippines.

The tournament, which will be held on May 28 at SM City Novaliches, will feature about 100 karate players from 10 dojos or training facilities in San Juan, Antipolo, Quezon, Olongapo and JICA in the Philippines.

"The friendly matches aim to raise awareness and insight on Japan's culture and experiences and promote stronger ties between Japan and the Philippines through sports," said Senpai Bryan Dizon from Quezon City dojo and an instructor in JICA dojo.

Karate is a traditional sport in Japan and has played an important role in Japanese history and culture. As a sport, it promotes self-discipline different from the way it is conveyed in movies as combat form. The sport will also be included for the first time as an Olympic sport in the forthcoming 2020 Summer Olympics which Tokyo is hosting.

There are about 50 million karate practitioners worldwide, according to Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kyokushin Karate-do has 167 branches all over the world. In Japan, it has 600,000 members and about 12, 000,000 overseas as of 2007.

"We aim to leverage on our friendly relations with the Philippines through this sports activity, and build on our common appreciation to sports to further strengthen our cooperation," said JICA Representative Maiko Morizane.

A Japanese non-profit group ACTION (A Child's Trust is Ours to Nurture) who has partnered with JICA to support disadvantaged Filipino children through capacity building of house parents and social workers will send fighters to the event.

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