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, ...

Apr 9, 2014

ODA spending up 11.1% in 2013

Japan disbursed $11.786 billion in real terms under its official development assistance program in 2013, up 11.1 percent from the year before, according to data released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Japan’s net ODA amount with repaid yen loans deducted ...

Mar 23, 2014

JICA to give ¥100 million in ODA to vocational school in Vietnam

A vocational training school run by a Japanese firm in northern Vietnam will receive ¥100 million in official development assistance, officials of a government-backed aid agency said. The school was established in 2012 by Tokyo-based builder Mukai Corp. to get people ready to work ...

Mar 20, 2014

Shady ODA-related 'rebates' revealed

A Tokyo-based firm paid some ¥100 million in rebates to people in three countries after winning tenders for projects financed by Japanese official development aid, sources said Thursday. Japan Transportation Consultants Inc., paid the rebates to people involved in the projects in Vietnam, Indonesia ...

Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan

Mar 18, 2014

Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan

by Reiji Yoshida

Visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, welcomed new official development assistance from Japan totaling ¥120 billion in yen loans. High-ranking officials from the two countries also signed a document in Tokyo on five infrastructure projects using the ...