The United Nations is seeking Japan’s continued support for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and other countries, despite tight fiscal conditions, a top visiting U.N. official said Tuesday.

Kenzo Oshima, U.N. undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, praised Japan for making quick decisions on support measures, such as offering to cover a 20 percent share of a $650 million U.N. emergency appeal for Afghanistan, pledging $300 million in assistance to Pakistan, and passing a special antiterrorism law.

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