The Japanese government has approved funding for three projects that will cover mine clearance, agriculture and health services. The approval was made on March 1 at the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh. Signed by Ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi, the grant amounts to $1,389,888 and will be allocated to three different Japanese NGOs. The Japan Mine Action Service will receive $542,050 for capacity building projects on the clearance of explosive remnants of war. Another $381,407 will go to the International Volunteers of Yamagata and $466,431 will be given to World Vision Japan for projects on improving maternal and child health in Takeo province.