Japan Times: If a public entity wants to promote itself in Japan, one of the most effective ways may be to create a yuru-kyara — a lovable mascot that catches people’s hearts. And that’s exactly what the Afghanistan Embassy in Tokyo is doing. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: Of the accepted refugees, seven were from Afghanistan, four from Ethiopia and three from Eritrea, according to the document seen by Reuters. It was not clear whether any Syrians had applied for, or won, asylum. Click here to read more (external link).
Kyodo: Some 102 cultural assets taken illegally from conflict-torn Afghanistan have been returned to the South Asian country with the help of a Japanese nonprofit organization. The items include a piece of a mural removed from the Bamiyan Caves where giant Buddha statues were destroyed by Taliban militants in 2001, and the “Left Foot of Zeus,” a
Khama Press: The government of Japan has pledged 2.4 billion Japanese Yen, equivalent to $22 million, in fresh aid to Afghanistan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Japan has pledged to support the economic and social development in Afghanistan with the fresh aid package. Click here for more. (external link).
Tolo News: The Japanese embassy in Kabul on Monday said its government has decided to provide $1.5 million USD to help upgrade the Salang Corridor – Afghanistan’s main north- south road transport route. At present, the Salang Corridor is the only route that allows the year round north-south passages of good and people across the Hindu Kush