JICA may withdraw from Bangladesh

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Dhaka, July 4: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) may withdraw from Bangladesh after seven Japanese workers were killed in Friday’s terrorist attack in Dhaka, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The aid agency is involved in dozens of projects including building bridges, roads and railways and improving water and sanitation systems in Bangladesh.

WSJ quoted a JICA spokeswoman as saying that the agency is considering withdrawing from Bangladesh after the most recent killings.

The seven Japanese who were confirmed dead included three engineers sent by Oriental Consultants Global Co, and another from Katahira & Engineers International. Both firms are based in Tokyo, said a WSJ report published on Monday.

One Japanese person was rescued from the cafe where the attack took place, officials said.

“All of the victims had been in Bangladesh and were eager to aid the country,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Sunday. “This is a matter of greatest regret,” he added.

JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka reportedly said those dispatched to Bangladesh had been advised to remain extra vigilant after a Japanese citizen was killed in the country’s northern region of the country in October last year.

According to JICA’s latest annual report, Japan spent $479 million on aid projects, including grants, in Bangladesh between April 2014 and March 2015.

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