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Qatar Friendship Fund announces five new rehabilitation projects for areas affected by tsunami

  • Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF) announces five new relief support projects in the areas of child education, healthcare and fisheries
  • QFF to provide approximately USD 19 million for the five projects
  • QFF has pledged USD 100 million to rehabilitation projects over a 3 year period

October 29, 2012 (Tokyo): Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF) has announced the results of its second round of rehabilitation project proposals. A total of five projects in the fields of child education, healthcare and fisheries will receive approximately USD 19 million in financial assistance. This will provide urgent and sustainable assistance to those in need.

Qatar Friendship Fund is a gift from the Emir of Qatar H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the people of Qatar to Japan. Over a three year period, USD 100 million has been set aside to spearhead relief efforts in Japan following the Great East Earthquake and Massive Tsunami of 2011.

The approved projects were announced at a signing ceremony attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan and Chair of QFF, H.E Mr Yousef Bilal. The successful proposals were submitted by a number of private and public companies and were selected following a rigorous, multi-stage selection procedure.

The projects include a Student City in Sendai and Iwaki cities that will provide an experience-based educational program simulated like a real city. Another approved project includes a community revitalization initiative that will offer a community facility to foster sports, culture exchange, and childcare facilities to those in need.

A third project will offer valuable assistance to the community in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, areas hard hit by the tsunami. The project will include, among other things, the support and repair of institutions, including six institutions for handicapped people in Fukushima.

Regaining livelihood is also top of the agenda, and a project in Kamaishi City will bring tangible benefits to the fishery industry. The project will introduce a system that will efficiently freeze marine products. A fifth project similarly focuses on livelihood, through the context of family. It will focus on teaching families how to work together to grow produce that can then be sold.

Qatar Friendship Fund has pledged USD 100 million to rehabilitation projects over a three-year period. In January of this year, QFF brought smiles to the faces of 1,400 children and family members through a ski education program that was conducted at Yuubari City in Hokkaido. In October, the first mega project, Maskar, a USD 23 million multifunctional fishery processing plant was opened in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture bringing new hope to the local communities.


Commenting on the announcement of the five projects, H.E Mr Yousef Bilal, Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan said: “On behalf of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and H.H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar, I want to say how honored we are to be able to offer our support to Japan. We are confident that these five projects will offer renewed hope to those affected and we look forward to announcing further projects in the months ahead.”

  1. Qatar-funded Student City / Finance Park
    • Activity period: Commencing in April 2014 and scheduled for completion by December 2014 (Iwaki city); commencing in July 2014 and scheduled for completion by December 2014 (Sendai City)
    • Activity area: Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture
    • Project Overview: This experience-based educational program will develop an institution that teaches the foundations of a productive co-existent society. Students will learn how to help each other through their jobs, and will learn how to become ideal citizens in an on-site training institution which simulates reality
    • Project proponents: Qatar-funded Student City / Finance Park Consortium, Public-interest Incorporated Association - Junior Achievement Japan

  2. Regional Community Revitalization Project
    • Activity period: Starts in November 2012 and scheduled for completion by December 2014
    • Activity area: Minami-soma City
    • Project overview: Develop a community facility to foster sports, culture, exchanges, childcare support, healthy living, protective care for people living alone and children who have limited opportunities to play.
    • Project proponents: NPO Haramachi Club

  3. Building a Healthy Community in Tohoku 
    • Activity period: Started in November 2012 and will be completed by June 2014
    • Activity area: Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefecture
    • Project overview: To support children including those with disabilities in areas with significant radiation levels. Provide playground equipment for children with disabilities. Establish special needs libraries in a facility for children with disabilities. Reconstruction of facilities for PWDs. Installation of risk reduction and health management devices. Provide health promotion activities (massage, counseling, screening for early detection and prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and secondary cardiovascular diseases). Facilitation of outdoor activities among children.
    • Project proponents: Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) and Morioka Municipal Hospital

  4. A system that freezes marine products without destroying cell membranes implementation project
    • Activity period: Commencing November 2012 and will be deployed in August 2013
    • Activity area: Kamaishi City
    • Project overview: Introduce a system that freezes marine products without destroying cell membranes, to fishing villages in Kamaishi City. It enables creation of the Senary Sector (integration of the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors) through value added products and nationwide direct sales.
    • Project proponent: Kamaishi Otsuchi Industrial Research Development and Training Center
    • Project implementer: Kamaishi Hikari Foods Co. Ltd.

  5. Farming to Regain Livelihood
    • Activity period: Starting Novermber 2012 and will be completed by October 2014
    • Activity area: Kesennuma City
    • Project overview: Bring back family relationships and smiles on children’s faces through: 1) workshops on growing vegetables; 2) creation of family dialogues through growing practice; 3) sales of the resulting produce; 4) development of local companies to buy and sell the produce, which will in turn create jobs; and 5) application of the sales networks once built to also cover marine products.
    • Project proponents: General corporation Eco & Health Food Lab



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