Thailand, Japan discuss water management cooperation

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BANGKOK, May 4 – Japanese State Minister heading Financial and Postal Issues Shozaburo Jimi on Friday met with Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul during his official visit to Thailand to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation.

Following the 30-minute discussion, Information Department Deputy Director-General Damrong Kraikruan told reporters that Japan thanked Thailand for its assistance during last year’s tsunami and earthquake, while Thailand thanked Japan for its financial aid of 8 billion yen through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) during last year’s floods.

According to Mr Damrong, the Thai foreign minister stated the Thai government wanted meetings on water management and drought prevention to include other nations apart from the five Mekong sub-region countries such as China and South Korea.

Meanwhile, Japan shared its interest in collaborating with Thailand on water management, high-speed trains, and a Japanese-developed digital cable system used to record data in times of floods and power blackouts.

As Thailand has an exploration project for the earth’s surface and the climate, Japan also asked Thailand to consider the Japanese satellite technology, for it is widely accepted and efficient as a water management system, according to Mr Damrong.