Aug 20, 2015

Japan mulling three-year, ¥1 trillion aid package for Africa

Japan is considering extending around ¥1 trillion in official development assistance to Africa over three years from 2016, a Japanese government source said Thursday. The government would announce the financial aid toward the next round of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), ...

Jul 28, 2015

Stepping up the war on poverty

The emphasis on Japan's national interests in aid policy raises doubts if the nation can make meaningful contributions to eradicating poverty in the recipient countries.

Apr 9, 2015

Japan's ODA spending off 30.6% in 2014

Japan disbursed $15.630 billion under its official development assistance program in 2014, down 30.6 percent from the year before, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday. Among the 28 member countries of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, Japan was the fourth-biggest ODA ...

Cambodia inaugurates Japan-funded bridge across Mekong River

Apr 6, 2015

Cambodia inaugurates Japan-funded bridge across Mekong River

Cambodia on Monday inaugurated the Japan-funded Tsubasa Bridge across the Mekong River. During the opening ceremony in Neak Loeung, about 60 km east of Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked Japan for its assistance. “Long live the friendship between Cambodia and Japan,” ...

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 ...