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Japan Gives Equipment to Nation’s Deminers

The Japanese government on Wednesday announced a donation of $5.5 million in equipment to aid clearance of the mines and unexploded ordnance that still plague parts of the country.

The donation includes 484 mine detectors and other equipment to help the Cambodian Mine Action Center.

The donation was part of Japan’s continued efforts at “peace building,” Japanese Ambassador Masifumi Kuroki said in announcing the aid.

Japan has provided $110 million in mine clearance aid since 1999.

Landmines and ordnance kill an estimated 200 Cambodians each year. Experts estimate it will take another 10 years to rid the country of mines laid during decades of civil strife.