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Japan Gives $4 Million to Deminers

Japan will grant $4 million to the government demining authority, for the development of better techniques and equipment as it struggles to rid itself of a lasting legacy of war.

The money would go to the Cambodian Mine Action Center, which helps Cambodia play an important role in developing mine clearance methods used around the world, Japanese Ambassador Shinohara Katsuhiro said Thursday morning, in a ceremony that was also attended by Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

Mines continue to claim lives each year, but a decline in those deaths has led to a dearth of funding, Khem Sophoan, director of CMAC, said Thursday. The group was continuing to look for other aid, he said.