CITY OF KUWAIT: Governor Yoshihiro Murai of the Japanese prefecture of Miyagi conveyed his country’s gratitude to Kuwait for a $524 million oil-related aid package donated in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


On Tuesday, the Kuwait News Agency reported that the governor of Miyagi had thanked the Kuwaiti ambassador to Tokyo, Sami Al-Zamanan, during his official visit to the prefecture.

Murai stated that the donation had sped up the post-disaster rebuilding process.

In order to address the shortage of medical professionals in the governorate and the surrounding areas, his province allocated some of its share to the establishment of a partnership fund for medical studies, a university of medicine, and a new building for the university’s hospital.
After 62 years of diplomatic ties, Al-Zamanan said his visit demonstrated the strength of Kuwaiti-Japanese relations.
The late Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, made the donation in part to show his gratitude to Japan for its support during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, as the envoy explained.

Additionally, Al-Zamanan stated that Kuwait was eager to further strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia.