A statement by the cabinet faxed to Azzaman said Tokyo was considering releasing $1 billion of its grant.
The money will be used to implement “vital projects” in Iraq, the statement said.
Japan has about 500 troops in the Province of Muthana in southern Iraq, training Iraqi security forces and helping with reconstruction, but not engaging in combat roles.
Muthana and its capital Samawa have benefited most from the presence of foreign troops in Iraq.
Provincial authorities and even tribal chiefs make frequent visits to Tokyo and are in constant contact with the commanders of the Japanese contingent in Iraq on how to develop the area.
Recently a delegation from the province visited Japan.
Invited by the Japanese foreign ministry, the officials had a long list of demands and the Japanese authorities have vowed to meet most of them, said Mohammed Radhi, a member of the delegation.
“We have signed an agreement under which Japan will turn the provincial center (Samawa) into an internet hub for the whole of the country,” he said.
He said the Japanese will introduce information technology in Muthana and help the provincial authorities to electronically collect taxes and wire banks and administrative branches.
“The Japanese will also contribute to developing Muthana’s security systems and how to support and protect low-income and vulnerable citizens in the province.(Source)Saad Hussein, Azzaman