Japan Spends US$20 Million for Cambodia’s Historical Heritage Conservation

Government of Japan, through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has provided approximately US$20 million for the conservation of historical heritage in Cambodia in the last decade.

Japan's assistance for Cambodia's world heritage preservation so-called Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor (JSA) was initiated in 1994.

The update was shared by Dr. Takeshi Nakagawa, Director General of JSA in a press conference here in Phnom Penh yesterday, adding that JSA was established following Cambodia's Angkor temple inscription as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.

The director general also underlined the JSA's significant role in contribution to the rehabilitation and development of Angkor temple, as well as other Cambodian ancient temples by far.

In its third phase from 2005 to 2011, Dr. Takeshi Nakagawa continued, JSA and APSARA authority jointly established a project called Japanese-APSARA for Safeguarding Angkor (JASA) to renovate and develop Bayon Temple of Angkor Archeological Park, and the operation is still going on.

Beside the cooperation on Cambodia's world heritage conservation, JSA has also helped equipped Cambodian officials and students with heritage conservation skills, he added.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press