Japan to extend up to $3.3 million for Afghanistan's job training

Kyodo, December 22, 2004 - Japan will extend up to $3.3 million in grant aid for Afghanistan to help it build 10 job training centers for former soldiers, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Trainees will mainly learn welding, steel plate processing and carpentry at the training centers as the need for skilled workers is high in the country, which is rebuilding itself, spokesman Hatsuhisa Takashima said in a news conference.

The grant in aid is part of Japan's program to help about 100,000 former Afghan soldiers be disarmed, demobilized and reintegrated into society, Takashima said.

The government envisages a total of 2,500-3,000 people receiving job training at the 10 centers, another ministry official said.