Japan will provide ¥600 billion in official development assistance within three years to the Mekong region countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to bolster their development, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared Saturday.

Noda made the ODA announcement at the fourth annual Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo, where he met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong from Laos, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

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