Hun Sen Asks Japan for Help Renovating Bridge

Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked Japan to help renovate the Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge, which was built with Japanese support in the 1960s and recently developed cracks in one of its support beams.

Mr. Hun Sen raised the request during a meeting with Akihiro Ohta, Japan’s minister of land management, infrastructure, transport and tourism, on Friday.

“Prime Minister [Hun Sen] asked Japan to help with renovating the Japan friendship bridge since it is in a deteriorating condition,” Eang Sophalleth, assistant to Mr. Hun Sen, told reporters after the meeting.

“His Excellency Ohta told the prime minister that the bridge means a lot to the friendship of Cambodia and Japan,” he added.

Earlier this month, the municipality banned trucks weighing more than three tons from using the bridge.

“We have put the barricades to stop the big trucks from passing over the bridge,” said Long Dimanche, City Hall spokesman.

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