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Japan donates $12.5 million to PA

Dec. 8, 2012 1:50 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 8, 2012 2:06 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Japan's government on Saturday made two donations totaling $12.5 million to help the Palestinian Authority government to improve waste management and buy industrial equipment.

A statement from Japan's representative office to the PA said 800 million Yen ($10 million) was donated to expand a landfill site in Jericho and buy waste management equipment.

In addition, 200 million Yen ($2.5 million) was donated to the PA to buy industrial products, "including medical equipment and vehicles made by Japanese companies which suffered from the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in March 2011," the statements aid.

Japan donated $70 million to the PA in 2011.

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