PHL-Japan Historical Museum gets P4.7M renovation fund from Japan

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THE nearly 25-year old Philippine-Japan Historical Museum in Davao City is getting a spruce up with a P4.7 million fund from the Japanese government. The Embassy of Japan signed the grant contract last Nov. 28 with the Davao-based Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai, Inc. (PNJK), a non-government organization that manages the museum. In a statement last week, the Japanese embassy said it hopes that the restoration work and upgrading of displays “will contribute to the further enhancement of mutual understanding and deepened relations between the Philippines and Japan.” The museum, built and inaugurated on May 14, 1994, features the historical ties between Japan and Davao, which can be traced back to the early 1900s. “This Museum is a repository of Japan’s past records as immigrants who came to Davao from the year 1903 up to the close of the Second World War, 1942-1945… Old relics, Japanese World War II vintage and other Allied war materials… books, pamphlets, pictures and other writings related to World War II are displayed for public viewing,” the PNJK said on its website.

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