President praises Japan for supporting the country

Prince Akishino, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, approach the Monumento de los Héroes in Parque Nacional escorted by Renee Castro, the foreign minister, and preceded by Fuerza Pública officers carrying a commemorative wreath.

President Laura Chinchilla praised Japan as a strong supporter of Costa Rica when she met with Prince Akishino, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko.

The president had particular praise for two envirornmentally oriented projects. One is a $9 million agreement with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad for a solar power project. The other is an $8 million project to conserve forests.

Ms. Chinchilla shakes hands with the prince while his wife chats with René Castro, the foreign minister. Photo: Casa Presidencial

Curiously, according to a summary provided by Casa Presidencial, the president did not mention the $130 million that Japan is putting up for the languishing Central Valley sewer project being designed by the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.

All of the projects are channeled through the Japanese Agency International cooperation.

Ms. Chinchilla did note that Japan has been a strong supporter of the youth symphony orchestras with the donation of 142 musical instruments. Japan also donated money to improve the audio system in Teatro Nacional.

The Japanese visitors are here through Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The visitors and Ms. Chinchilla attended a recital Wednesday night of the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil.

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