Japan seeks to improve environment and water supply in S.E. Asia

| Updated: Apr 06, 2017 18:10 IST

Hanoi [Vietnam] / Phnom Penh [Cambodia], Apr.6 (ANI): The Cherry Blossom tree in Japanese culture has great significance, and corporates are taking it forward to protect the environment. The AEON Environmental Foundation held a cherry tree planting ceremony at Hoa Binh Park in Hanoi, Vietnam. AEON has carried out tree planting projects in several countries, mainly in Asia. In Vietnam, 75,000 trees were planted at Lang Co Beach in Hue Province, and 15,000 trees in Ba Vì National Park near Hanoi. Yasutsugu Iwamura, General Director, Aeon Mall Vietnam Co., Ltd., said, "As a modern retailer, we don't only contribute to the modernization of this country or help people continue to store goods, but we are also contributing to the environment by working with people based in the local area. Our company always acts with balance, such as planting trees with local Vietnamese people." Over those six years, a total of 3,200 volunteers from both Japan and Vietnam participated in the tree-planting activities. Now, tree planting participants include many high school students from Vietnam and Japan who are participating in the Aeon one percent Club High School exchange program "Teenage Ambassador." The Aeon Group companies contribute one percent of their pre-tax profits to Aeon's One Percent Club to hold projects for "sound development of the next generation," "promotion of friendship with foreign countries," and "sustainable development of regional communities." Yohsei Honda, Secretary General, AEON One Percent Club Foundation, "This is a gathering among high school students, which is very enjoyable. The popular part is experiencing the culture and moving their bodies around. Everyone was fully engaged. We believe it will become a long-lasting memory." A new scenic spot for cherry blossoms, symbols of friendship between the two countries will carry over a world filled with life and nature to the children of the future. Jun Kanayama, Teenage Ambassador, "We must appreciate being in Japan and we feel encouraged to work harder at our studies and activities." Truong Phuong Thao, Teenage Ambassador, "I think this program is a wonderful thing, it's very interesting, it's very exciting, I hope to once again participate this kind of program if I possibly can." In South East Asia, along with the development of the country and industrialization, many schools offer lectures on pumps. However, there is a shortage in text material. As the biggest pump manufacturer in Japan and part of the contribution to foreign societies, Ebara has held free technical pump seminars centered in South East Asia. Also, the company donated cutting models and water supply units as part of the materials that help students learn about building, structures, operation control of pumps that are indispensable from lecture and research. Doung Ratha of the Department of Rural Engineering, Institute of Technology of Cambodia said, "It is easy for students when they see the actual structure, actual point, and actual place where it is better than to hear my lecture. It is better for them to do the actual work than just learning the theory in the classroom. It's important to study the pump, because pumps can help farmers pump water to their farms in the irrigation sector. In the city, we use pumps to boost water up to high buildings. Students study in this department, this faculty. After studying, they practice to have a concept for water pumping, and they can find a job outside easily because many companies and industries are working in this sector." Chin Chandy, Year 4, Water Resources Engineering, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, "In the book, we need to think. We can't practice the real work. I think it's easier to understand (here)." Chum Kim Leang, Year 4, Water Resources Engineering, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, "I want to be an irrigation and water supply innovating engineer." Expectations are high from the youth on the development of the country based on the advancement of advanced technology. (ANI)
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