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| Apr 8, 2008

Japan must put TICAD ball in play

Japan held the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 1993 to get the international community to reengage with poverty-stricken Africa. Since then, Japan has hosted the TICAD meetings every five years. The fourth will be held in Yokohama in late May amid ...

Africa wants partners, not just handouts

Apr 8, 2008

Africa wants partners, not just handouts

Poverty, hunger, infectious disease, conflict — words that readily come to mind when Japanese consider Africa. But Africa is no longer a continent just of sadness, and the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in May will be a golden opportunity to promote ...

Apr 7, 2008

Donors agree to cooperate on aid

Group of Eight development ministers and emerging donors such as China and South Korea acknowledged Sunday in Tokyo the importance of cooperating on assistance to developing countries. The G8 member countries “and new donors agreed on the importance of sharing the same values when ...

Apr 6, 2008

G8, emerging donors start development talks in Tokyo

Ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized countries dealing with development issues kicked off a discussion Saturday in Tokyo to seek cooperation from emerging donors such as China, India and Brazil at a time when conventional donor countries are struggling to boost their aid. ...

ODA fall poses Africa policy dilemma

Apr 4, 2008

ODA fall poses Africa policy dilemma

The international African aid conference to be held in Yokohama in late May comes at a time when Japan’s official development assistance is in decline and rival China’s “resource diplomacy” is rising, putting Foreign Ministry officials in a quandary. To supplement the ODA fall, ...

Poverty in Japan scrutinized at multinational school event

Mar 30, 2008

Poverty in Japan scrutinized at multinational school event

About 2,000 people gathered Saturday at Tokyo’s Kanda Hitotsubashi Junior High School to take in seminars, workshops, food, refreshment, music and films during a unique festival to address poverty in Japan. At a glance, it looked like an ordinary school festival. The difference was ...

Mar 29, 2008

Panel calls for direct producer contracts for Defense Ministry

A Defense Ministry internal panel considering procurement system reforms issued a report Friday urging that middlemen be bypassed and encouraging direct contracts with equipment manufacturers. According to the report, coupled with other cost-cutting measures, this would reduce procurement costs by 15 percent in five ...

Mar 26, 2008

Permanent law on SDF overseas dispatch in the works: Fukuda

Looking to avoid another round of Diet wrangling over the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Tuesday that the government will draft permanent legislation during the current Diet session allowing for the dispatch of the SDF overseas for multinational operations. ...

NPO works to reduce hunger, trim waistlines

Mar 20, 2008

NPO works to reduce hunger, trim waistlines

Still haven’t made up your mind what to eat for lunch today? Why not try some of the wholesome dishes suggested by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization that, it claims, not only helps with weight loss but at the same time contributes to reducing hunger ...

Mar 16, 2008

World needs revolution in climate change: Blair

CHIBA — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Saturday urged both developed and developing countries to break their stalemate and reach a global deal that will allow all major carbon dioxide emitters to take collective action on climate change. In addressing the opening ...