HCM CITY — Japan has announced its funding of more than US$250,000 for three projects aimed at improving social welfare for local people. A ceremony was held at the Japanese Consulate General in HCM City on Tuesday to sign a contract on the funding at a total value of $252,528. The assistance is part of the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme. The GGP has been implemented since 1989 to meet the diverse needs of developing countries. From 1995 to early 2022, Japan provided assistance to 216 projects in 26 southern provinces and cities, with a total value of $17.4 million to meet fundamental requirements of the people such as education, healthcare, agriculture, and rural infrastructure building.