Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki has said finding lasting solutions of the Rohingya crisis will be conducive to their pursuit of “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.
Japan will further cooperate with the relevant agencies for better living conditions of Rohingya refugees and host communities both in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char, while making efforts for early repatriation to Myanmar.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar and Bhasan Char island.
Recently, Ambassador Naoki visited Bhasan Char where over 25,000 “Rohingya” refugees reside. Yuho Hayakawa, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh also joined the two-day mission.
In January 2022, Japan funded as the first donor, US$ 2million to UNHCR and WFP to support their operations on Bhasan Char, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday.
This visit was aimed to overview the ongoing activities under Japan’s funding as well as explore possible bilateral assistance by JICA in the future.
The delegation moved from Chattogram port to Bhasan Char in LCU of Bangladesh Navy, along with over 2,000 Rohingya who relocated to the island on the same day of Japan’s visit.