Key projects in Syria and Iraq:


Japan provides assistance through international organizations and NGOs to Syrians in need. In addition to emergency humanitarian assistance (food assistance and medical assistance), Japan provides wide-ranging humanitarian assistance from a medium to long-term perspective (health, water, hygiene, education, vocational training, etc.).

Japan provides assistance to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and host communities to mitigate the social and economic impact on host countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

From the perspective of developing human resources capable of taking leadership roles in the reconstruction of Syria, Japan is committed to accepting up to 150 Syrian students in the 5 years following 2017. Japan has accepted 79 students as of December 2019.

An example of Japan’s humanitarian assistance in Syria is Hanin’s story.

Hanin, a 7-year-old girl, was injured by a trench mortar in Deir ez-Zor and lost her left leg. With Japan’s assistance through the United Nations Development Programme, she received physical therapy and an artificial leg in Damascus. Now she is able to go to school on foot.


Japan announced an assistance package totalling USD 5 billion at the International donor conference on the reconstruction of Iraq in 2003.

Around 10,100 Iraqi trainees participated in Japan International Cooperation Agency training courses (2003-October 2019) focusing on Energy, Agriculture, Medical, Law Enforcement, and Governance, as well as working on projects related to irrigation, agriculture and oil spill incidents.

"A genuine victory will be achieved through building a prosperous and safe Iraq that will never allow violent extremist organisations from re-emerging. Japan will continue supporting Iraq through humanitarian and stabilisation aid, as well as yen loan projects for infrastructure reconstruction."

H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, on the occasion of " Senior Officials Meeting on Supporting Job Creation and Vocational Training to Facilitate Weapons Reduction for Iraqi Society" held in Tokyo on April 5, 2018.

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