The Japanese government has pledged $20.5 million, mainly for flood protection and
drainage in Phnom Penh. An embassy press release cited the dilapidated condition
of the drainage facilities in Phnom Penh as a cause of regular flooding, and said
the money would be used to improve various drainage systems around the city. The
second project will help develop human resources with scholarships for young Cambodians
looking to study masters degrees in development courses.