JICA, JFA, J.League join forces on Asian development

JICA, JFA, J.League join forces on Asian development

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Football Association (JFA) and J.League will work together to build stability in Asia.

The trio announced a joint agreement on Thursday to use football in order to contribute to regional development in emerging nations and contribute to efforts to build peace.

This agreement will see all three organisations collaborate in order to spur international cooperation through football, developing nations through means such as the organisation of international tournaments.

Plans in the pipeline include dispatching football coaches to Laos, as well as contributions to peace support efforts in Bosnia.

“By cooperating with football authorities we can expand many important projects,” JICA chairman Akihito Tanaka commented at the signing ceremony in downtown Tokyo.

“In the fourth year of our Asian expansion policy, we are happy to join forces with another partner in the region," J.League chairman Mitsuru Murai commented.

"We want to introduce children raised in difficult conditions to the joy of sport. Through sport, we want to give them new dreams."

“This will allow us to dispatch personnel when they’re needed,” added JFA board member and JICA official supporter, Tsuyoshi Kitazawa.

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