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Qatar fund launches four new projects in Japan

Plans include a science facility, sporting facilities and project for upcoming entrepreneurs

Qatar fund launches four new projects in Japan
Piles of debris from collapsed houses and buildings are seen on June 11, 2011 in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, Japan. (Getty Images)

The Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF) has announced four new projects in Japan, including a science facility for children, community sporting facilities, a fishery storage facility, and a project to offer support and advice to upcoming entrepreneurs.

The projects are part of a $100m package pledged after the devasting tsunami in 2011.

“We are delighted to announce these four new projects and in doing so assist in building lives and reshaping the future,” said Dr Khalid bin Mohamad al-Attiyah, Qatar Minister for Foreign Affairs in comments published by the Qatar Chronicle.

The new projects will be located in Shirakawa City, which is 180km from the capital Tokyo and was impacted by the 2011 tsunami.

The ‘Shirakawa Dream – Qatar Sports Park’ will be able to house up to 150,000 people, while the QFF Science Complex will offer educational support to young Japanese children.

A new project in partnership with Nippon International Co-operation for Community Development (NICCO) will help restart the fishing industry in the area, while the Qatar Tohoku Innovators Platform will seek to nurture new entrepreneurs in the region.

Qatar Friendship Fund has pledged $100m to rehabilitation projects over a three-year period.

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