Lessons From Japan to Help Affordable Housing

Following the launch of an affordable housing project in Kandal province and a ministerial visit to Japan to study the country’s approach to public housing, the Land Management Ministry said it was pushing to develop more low-cost accommodation.

Land Management Minister Chea Sophara spent three days in Japan last week studying housing and city development at public housing projects, the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, where satellites are used for land management.

Ministry spokesman Cheam Sophal Makara said the minister focused on how Japan implemented affordable housing, and sought to encourage Japanese investors to pursue similar developments in Cambodia.

“We know that housing is something our people cannot go without,” he said, adding that key policies include requiring schools, health care centers and other facilities near housing projects.

The visit followed the groundbreaking of an affordable housing project in Kandal province on January 7 that is being developed by tycoon Sear Rithy’s firm Worldbridge Land, in cooperation with the ministry.

“The goal is to have housing with appropriate prices,” ministry spokesman Seng Lot said.


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