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06 Aug 2020
Malaysian Banker Of Japanese Descent From Ehime Prefecture Repay His Late Grandmother’s Hometown By Building A Park In Miyakubo Town As A Bridge Between Malaysia And Japan
 
Malaysian Banker Of Japanese Descent From Ehime Prefecture Repay His Late Grandmother’s Hometown By Building A Park In Miyakubo Town As A Bridge Between Malaysia And Japan



The Malaysian Banker Mr Azman Hashim is going to build and donate a park to Imabari City.  The construction of the park will start this month and the completion will be in 2023 Spring.

The signing ceremony of the contract between Imabari City and attorneys of Mr Hashim was held on 6th August.

Mr Hashim is a Chairman of AmBank Group.  He sought information about his late grandmother, Tamano Murakami, through the media in 2016.  In the following year, he met his relatives with the help of a broadcasting company at a hotel in Imabari City.

He proposed a park construction project out of gratitude to his late grandmother and also his considerate feeling for her hometown.  He will donate the park to Imabari City after the completion of the project as a place of relaxation and recreation for its citizens.

The site is a former Yosokuni primary school, which his late grandmother graduated from.  The park will have a gazebo and a stage, made of local stone.  The name of the park is “Miyakubo Hashim Park”.

Mr and Mrs ODA attended the signing ceremony as attorneys of Mr Hashim.  Mr Hashim and Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia HE Oka also attended via video conferencing system.  Mr Hashim was witnessing the ceremony with a beaming face.

He said, “This park is built in memory of my late grandmother and also symbolic of the friendship between our two countries, Japan and Malaysia.  I wish to celebrate the completion of the project together.”  Mr ODA said, “I will do my best with the cooperation of local people to make Mr Hashim’s wish be fulfilled.”