National Apr 19, 2012

Ogata becomes adviser to Genba

Sadako Ogata, a former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, has been named an adviser on diplomatic policy, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said. "She has contributed to heighten Japan's presence in the international community," Genba said at a reception in Tokyo on Tuesday. "I would like ...

Ogata vows JICA support for Arab democratization

National Mar 21, 2012

Ogata vows JICA support for Arab democratization

The head of the Japan International Cooperation Agency says JICA will offer a broad range of support to Egypt and other countries that have experienced the Arab Spring democratization movements while paying attention to correcting social inequalities. JICA President Sadako Ogata made the pledge in ...

Ogata to Japan: Remember, pay it forward

National Jan 5, 2011

Ogata to Japan: Remember, pay it forward

by Setsuko Kamiya

The top provider of official development assistance in the 1990s, Japan has since been shrinking its foreign aid budget as the economy stagnates. But Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the implementing arm of Japan's ODA, says developing countries continue to have ...

JICA boss Sadako Ogata sees Afghan aid hitting $1 billion

National Nov 10, 2009

JICA boss Sadako Ogata sees Afghan aid hitting $1 billion

The government is expected to triple its annual civilian support to Afghanistan to $1 billion as it ends the Maritime Self-Defense Force's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean supporting antiterrorism interdictions, top aid official Sadako Ogata said. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama should focus assistance on ...

Japan charts a new course on refugees

General Feb 8, 2009

Japan charts a new course on refugees

by Jeff Kingston

Beginning in 2010, Japan will inaugurate a three-year pilot program to accept 30 refugees a year from camps nestled along the remote border between Thailand and Burma. This is a so-called third-country resettlement program for displaced people living in foreign refugee camps who have no ...