Japan commits to helping development of Indonesia’s Jakarta-Surabaya railway

Japan is helping Indonesia accelerate the development of a medium-speed railway facility.

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Masafumi Ishii, the Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, has committed to increase aid in developing the Jakarta-Surabaya railway route in Indonesia.

According to Antara News, Ishii announced: “With the support of the Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, big projects can run well. I will try again to make big projects benefit both countries, Indonesia and Japan.”

The announcement of Japan’s commitment to the project followed after the Indonesia-led Ministry of Public Works teamed up with the Japanese team to conduct a feasibility study of the project.

“They are making a joint feasibility study to accelerate the railway construction and establish the necessary investment. The joint study has been discussed well and everything is going according to plan,” he said.

On 5 June, Kalla will meet with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo to further increase potential investments of Japan in Indonesia, which includes the aforementioned project and another railway for the Patimban Port in Subang, West Java province.

“More commitments will be discussed during the meeting of Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday,” he added.

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