24 March 2011 Japan will not cut its development aid to Tanzania despite facing economic doldrums, resulting from massive earthquake and subsequent devastating tsunami which hit the world's third largest economy about two weeks ago, the country's ambassador, Mr Hiroshi Nakagawa has said. "We will continue helping Tanzania....implementation of all projects that receive support from Japan will continue as planned," he said at a news conference held at his residence in the city yesterday. Mr Nakagawa also thanked Tanzanians for the solidarity that the East African nation has shown since the tragedy hit Japan, killing and displacing thousands of people and costing the country's economy 25 trillion yen ($309 billion) or about four times more than the economies of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, taken as one. His utterance was apparently in response to various segments of Tanzanians who have been sending condolence messages to Japan since the tragedy took place.Earlier this week, the parliament sent a condolence message to Japan, accompanied with Sh28 million before the country's main opposition party, Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo also followed suit, presenting some $2000 in condolence to Japan. And to make sure that it lives by what it says, Japan and Tanzania yesterday signed the exchange of notes for two Japanese Grant Aid Projects to the combined value of 2.54 billion Japanese Yen (about Sh47 billion). The money is meant to facilitate the rehabilitation of a substation and transmission line in Kilimanjaro Region and to construct Rusumo International Bridge and a one -stop border post at the border between Tanzania and Rwanda.