Fiscal constraints continued to push down Japan’s official development assistance, leaving the country in fifth place in 2007, according to the white paper on ODA submitted Tuesday to the Cabinet.

Net bilateral ODA disbursements in 2007 marked an annual drop of 31 percent to approximately $76.79 billion. A top donor in the 1990s, Japan now ranks behind the United States, Britain, Germany and France, the report says.

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