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Japan-SAARC Under 14 Football Exchange Program 2012

In the last friendly football match between Bhutan and Afghanistan, although the Bhutanese team lost, they were at least able to respond with a goal against their opponent's three. Afghanistan scored its first goal against Bhutan in the 15th minute of the first half of the game.

That was a real shot in the arm for the Bhutanese players who played harder both in terms of defence so as not to allow more goals to let past and also in terms of offence as the Bhutanese team striker Yoesel bullet-kicked the ball into their opponent's post in the 35th minute of the first half.

It was winger Orgyen Tshering's pass that comfortably landed near Yoesel.

But that equaliser did not last lone because in the next 10 minutes of the first half, Afghanistan scored two more goals.

When the Bhutanese team returned for the second half, they came determined to put up a strong defence, which actually worked as the game ended without a single goal in the second half.

Bhutanese coach Ohara Kazunori said his players' motivation grew by the day, as did their performance in the field compared with other games.

"Bhutanese players need lot of training, facilities, equipment and everyday coaching like the Japanese team," he said.

The Erito Uchiyama agreed.

"In the last match, Bhutanese team scored a goal to save nil, which impressed the organisers," he said. "With better trainings and coaching, their performance will be far better than those of some of the other countries here."

Bhutanese team captain Chimi Dorji said a little more training would have done them good.

"A week-long training that we had is not enough if we are to play against stiff opponents like those of this tournament," he said.

Source : Tashi Phuntsho , KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper, October 2012


Japan Exchange Program Kizuna (Bond)

Part of a program for the international community to appreciate the revitalisation process
«Bhutanese under-14 youth participate in making goods using straw with volunteers of the programme who lost their families at Ibaraki to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Japan Exchange Program Kizuna (Bond) project:

More than 160 youth from the SAARC countries are visiting areas in Ibaraki and Fukushima that were struck by the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011, as part of the ongoing Japan exchange program kizuna (bond) project, to help promote understanding of the international community towards Japan's revitalisation.

During the visit, experts gave lectures on the Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused extensive and diverse damage on an unprecedented scale, so that participants could obtain comprehensive understanding of the damage, and the progress and outlook for reconstruction.

Participants also listened to people, who were affected by the disaster, or involved in reconstruction, to promote correct understanding of what is going on in Japan.

The participants will also visit high schools, colleges and other schools, to share the experience of the earthquake.

The senior assistant to the managing director of international exchanges department, Erito Uchiyama, said, "On the recovery and reconstruction effort, as soon as the earthquake struck, the prefectural government established a disaster management headquarters and engaged in rescue, relief and other disaster emergency activities, in cooperation with municipal governments, the police, fire departments, the self-defense forces and others."

He also said that the prefectural government responded to the nuclear accident at Tokyo electric power company's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station early on, by understanding the measurement of radiation doses in the atmosphere, water supply system and crop livestock farming products, and has confirmed that, to date, radiation levels always been below those where it may be an adverse impact on health.

Because of the rumours, still restrictions on the product shipment have caused a substantial loss to crop-livestock farming households and others, Erito Uchiyama said.

"Therefore, the government of Japan is fighting rumours by basic policy to assist producers, who are suffering from consumer reluctance to purchase products," the senior assistant said.

The one-year kizuna (bond) project is going to involve more than 10,000 youths (high school students, college students, etc.) from Asia-Pacific and North America (41 countries and regions) by the end of March 2013.

The March 11 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster killed 16,140 people, 3,123 were missing and 6,112 injured.A total of 128,582 buildings completely collapsed, 244,031 half collapsed and 691,882 partially collapsed.The damage caused was estimated at USD 211.25 billion.

Source : Tashi Phuntsho , KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper, October 2012

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