Jan 30, 2015

New ODA policy raises risks

The Abe administration will soon endorse a new basic policy on official development assistance under which Japan may extend aid to the armed forces of developing countries provided the aid is used for nonmilitary purposes such as assistance in times of disaster.

Japan, China competing for construction projects in Asia

Jan 28, 2015

Japan, China competing for construction projects in Asia

Japanese firms are in a sales war against China in developing nations, where governments are eager to initiate major civil engineering projects. Railways, roads and electric power plants are essential for economic development. Japan’s own era of high economic growth after World War II ...

Nov 15, 2014

Japan and Caribbean nations agree to cooperate on UNSC reform

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his counterparts from Caribbean nations agreed Saturday in Tokyo to bolster cooperation in pushing for reform of the U.N. Security Council next year, the 70th anniversary of the global body’s founding. Kishida also promised the foreign ministers of the ...

Oct 1, 2014

Consultants plead guilty to bribing Asian officials over ODA

The former president of a Tokyo-based consulting firm and two others connected with the company pleaded guilty on Wednesday to bribing officials in Vietnam, Indonesia and Uzbekistan to gain favor for Japanese-funded railway projects in those countries. Tamio Kakinuma, 65, and the others, former ...

Jun 26, 2014

Broader foreign aid urged

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan should expand its use of overseas development assistance by targeting new regions and projects and consider funding noncombat operations led by foreign military forces, a panel said Thursday in a report to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. If the recommendations are accepted in the ...

Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid

| Jun 23, 2014

Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid

by Mizuho Aoki

Next up for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Figuring out how to put official development assistance (ODA) to “strategic” use so the international aid program can help Japan make a more “proactive contribution” to world peace, one of Abe’s pet policy goals. Since the program ...

Jun 3, 2014

Japan suspends aid to Vietnam over bribery case

Japan told the Vietnamese government Monday it would suspend official development assistance over bribery allegations surrounding a Japan-funded Hanoi urban railway project, the embassy in Hanoi said. Specifically, loans for the first phase of constructing the project’s No. 1 railway line will be frozen, ...