Japan Water Award for International Contribution has been awarded

At the 26th Japan Water Award, JIP’s project ‘Construction and Technology Transfer of Submersible Bridges in Developing Countries’ has been selected to receive the International Contribution Award. The award ceremony and presentation of the award-winning activities will be held in June at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in the presence of the Honorary President, His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino and Mamoru Mohri, the chair of the committee, who is the director of Miraikan. The details of the award ceremony will be reported later.

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Overview of JIP’s awarded project

Rivers are the basis for bringing people together and forming communities, but in many areas in developing countries they divide communities during the rainy season, making it impossible for schoolchildren to go to school, for people to be treated for sudden illnesses, or for products to be shipped. Submersible Bridges, which sometimes sink into the water but are immediately passable after flooding, are inexpensive and can quickly improve the traffic situation in the area. Based on Japan’s experience, the organisation has constructed 15 Submersible Bridges in rural areas of Myanmar since 2008 with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has transferred technology for planning, design and construction. The project has been appreciated by the local people and proven to improve their living and economic standards, and the local government is building the Submersible Bridges themselves, contributing to the promotion of international friendly relations.