The Feb. 20 editorial “Aid that could foment conflict” misrepresents Japan’s new Development Cooperation Charter and does not accurately reflect the position of the government of Japan.

The new charter upholds Japan’s policy of contributing to global peace and prosperity through nonmilitary cooperation — a policy Japan has maintained through 60 years of official development assistance (ODA). As in its previous charters, Japan maintains the principle of avoiding providing aid for military purposes or for involvement in conflict.

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