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JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Jun 23, 2014
Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid
Next up for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Figuring out how to put official development assistance (ODA) to "strategic" use so the international aid program can help Japan make a more "proactive contribution" to world peace, one of Abe's pet policy goals.
JAPAN
Jun 3, 2014
Japan suspends aid to Vietnam over bribery case
Japan told the Vietnamese government Monday it would suspend official development assistance over bribery allegations surrounding a Japan-funded Hanoi urban railway project, the embassy in Hanoi said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 2, 2014
JICA said funding Myanmar evictions
Villagers from Myanmar visit the Japan International Cooperation Agency to demand a probe into its decision to fund an industrial project that is costing them their homes.
JAPAN / Politics
May 24, 2014
ODA for foreign armies mulled
The government might begin to extend official development aid to foreign military forces engaged in noncombat operations.
JAPAN
Mar 23, 2014
JICA to give ¥100 million in ODA to vocational school in Vietnam
A vocational training school run by a Japanese firm in northern Vietnam will receive ¥100 million in official development assistance, officials of a government-backed aid agency said.
JAPAN
Mar 20, 2014
Shady ODA-related 'rebates' revealed
A Tokyo-based firm paid some ¥100 million in rebates to people in three countries after winning tenders for projects financed by Japanese official development aid, sources said Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 18, 2014
Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan
Visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, welcomed new official development assistance from Japan totaling ¥120 billion in yen loans.
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2014
ODA serves as an investment in ASEAN: white paper
The nation's official development assistance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been an effective "investment in the future" for the 10-nation region and Japan, bolstering development and prosperity for both, according to a government paper released Friday.
JAPAN
Feb 14, 2014
Japan to hike Africa ODA offerings
Japan is vowing to increase official development assistance to Africa, especially for education and development in the sub-Saharan areas, according to the latest version of the ODA white paper.
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CULTURE / Stage
Jan 15, 2014
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JAPAN / Politics
Jan 12, 2014
Japan pledges ¥70 billion in ODA to Mozambique
Japan will provide ¥70 billion in official development assistance to Mozambique over five years for a transport corridor project, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday.
JAPAN
Dec 24, 2013
2014 foreign aid to be cut 1.3% to ¥550.2 billion
The government said Tuesday it will reduce overall foreign aid to ¥550.2 billion in the general account budget for fiscal 2014, down by 1.3 percent, or ¥7.1 billion, from the amount initially allocated for the current fiscal year — the 15th straight year of decline.
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2013
Japan to announce ¥20 billion for ASEAN cultural exchanges
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce at a regional summit this weekend that Japan will extend ¥20 billion in official development assistance to promote cultural exchanges ASEAN, a government source said.
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2013
Japan to pledge ¥300 billion in aid to ASEAN for disaster prevention
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to announce at a regional summit this weekend that Japan will extend ¥300 billion in official development assistance over a five-year period to boost the disaster management framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an official said.
JAPAN
Nov 1, 2013
Pakistan airports to get security gear
Japan has extended Pakistan a $20 million grant for installation of security equipment at airports serving Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to help them meet international requirements.
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JAPAN
Aug 19, 2013
Okhotsk seal puts in at Odawara
A baby spotted, or largha, seal of the type that mainly inhabits the Sea of Okhotsk has been showing up recently along the coast of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, causing local residents to nickname the animal "Oda-chan."
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ENVIRONMENT
Jun 30, 2013
Small is beautiful in a Kanazawa garden
It is always heartwarming to come across a historical preservation area where people actually live and go about their daily lives. Such is Nagamachi, one of several older districts of Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast.
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JAPAN
May 9, 2013
TICAD to redefine Japan aid to Africa
When the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development was held 20 years ago, circumstances in Japan and Africa were vastly different than they are today.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming / CHANNEL SURF
Jan 19, 2013
Share house lovers; "Tonbi"; CM of the week: Open House
A "share house" is a relatively new concept in Japan: unrelated people sharing a rented residence. The new drama series, "Shea Hausu no Koibito" ("Share House Lovers"; Nippon TV, Wed., 10 p.m.) puts the inevitable romantic spin on it.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 6, 2011
Feud over U.S. debt ceiling risks driving off investors
U.S. politicians are in the thick of a debate that is fascinating, urgent, passionate, stubborn and potentially highly dangerous both for the American economy and for the country's political reputation and standing in the world.

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