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January 29, 2018

A Message from Mr. Daichi Suzuki, Commissioner, Japan Sports Agency to the Third National Unity Day, South Sudan

JICA partners with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, South Sudan in hosting the Third National Unity Day, a nine-day event aiming at promoting peace and unity through sports in South Sudan, scheduled from 27 January to 4 February 2018 in the capital Juba.

We are delighted to share with you a message we received from Mr. Daichi Suzuki, Commissioner, Japan Sports Agency, for the occasion of the opening of the National Unity Day on 27 January.

I offer you my heartiest congratulations from Japan on this National Unity Day in South Sudan! It is wonderful that you are holding a national sports event on this day with the theme of "Peace and Unity." It is very meaningful for the different ethnic groups to enjoy sports together and understand each other. By using the power of sports, we believe that we can build stronger ties among the people and create a better society.

Taking the opportunity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Japan would like to show various kinds of value of sports to the world and make strong efforts so that not only Japanese citizens but also citizens all over the world can benefit from them. In fact, we have been developing various kinds of cooperation through Japan's "SPORT FOR TOMORROW" programme, which is a legacy program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

As an example, the Japan Sport Council (JSC) and the Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) have donated 1,000 volleyballs and other volleyball equipment to the South Sudan Volleyball Federation. I hear that they will be used at this sports event. I sincerely hope that our cooperation will contribute towards uniting the people of South Sudan and bringing peace to the country.

I hope that you will enjoy sports in a spirit of fair play today and strengthen the bonds among your nation's citizens, and that this event will continue to be held for many years into the future.

We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in 2020.

Commissioner, Japan Sports Agency
January, 2018


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