The Embassy of Japan signed a 10-million yen (approximately P4.7 million) grant contract with the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai, Inc. (PNJK), a non-governmental organization based in Davao City, on 28 November.
The grant, which comes through the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects, will be used for the renovation and preservation of the Philippine-Japan Historical Museum in Davao.
In particular, it will facilitate the repair and replacement of damaged museum structures, the upgrading of existing displays and the acquisition and installation of new materials and devices.
Yoshiaki Miwa, counselor and director of the Consular Office of Japan in Davao, signed the grant contract on behalf of the Japanese government, while PNJK was represented by its president, Ret. Judge Antonina Escovilla.
The Philippine-Japan Historical Museum was built in 1994 in Calinan, Davao City. It features exhibits on the historical ties between Japan and Davao, beginning in the 1900s when Japanese immigrants first arrived in the area.
It is hoped that the museum’s restoration will contribute to the further enhancement of mutual understanding and deepened relations between the Philippines and Japan.