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Japan to provide ¥480 million in aid for Syrian refugee crisis

Kyodo

The Foreign Ministry said Friday that Japan will provide via international organizations approximately ¥480 million ($4 million) in emergency aid to Lebanon and some European countries affected by the influx of migrants and refugees.

Some ¥240 million will go to Lebanon, which is hosting 1.2 million Syrian refugees, to help them rebuild their lives. The remaining half will be disbursed to Serbia and Macedonia, through which many migrants have traveled to reach other parts of Europe.

The money to Serbia and Macedonia will be used to set up reception centers, strengthen border controls and provide food and medical support.

The aid comes as the European Union and the United States have taken steps to cope with the crisis, such as increasing their refugee intake and outlining new aid measures.

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