Japan’s commitment to Thailand development projects

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BANGKOK, Oct 8 – Japan today reaffirmed its commitment to cooperate with Thailand in the development of its infrastructure, water management projects and high-speed train system.

Yuichiro Hata, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, said the Japanese private sector is ready to jointly develop various projects particularly water management, rail and high-speed train, and tourism.

Mr Hata called on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to assure Thailand of Japan’s readiness to collaborate and support the kingdom in different projects.

Ms Yingluck said Thailand has given special importance to the extensive high speed train project which is due for bids within the coming year.

The government will emphasise human resources development and exchange of know-how and experience in the development of cities along high speed train routes, the premier said.

The Thai leader and the Japanese minister were reportedly pleased with a record number of Thais visiting Japan this year. Ms Yingluck said Thailand is capable of receiving Japanese tourists including the promotion of long-stay trips by the elderly.

Japan has introduced multiple visas for Thai tourists as part of its attempt to boost tourism.