Japan and ASEAN countries revise Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Hon. Taro Kono attended a meeting of his counterparts within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila on August 6-8, 2017. At the meeting, Japan and ASEAN foreign ministers agreed to adopt a revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, called ‘Shared Vision, Shared Identity, Shared Future’. Under the original vision statement adopted in 2013, Japan provided JPY2.3 trillion (US$20 billion) in ODA to ASEAN countries. The revised vision statement covers various development sectors such as health, education, disaster management, infrastructure development, and measures against terrorist attacks. The progress will be regularly monitored and annually reported to the ASEAN-Japan Summit.


Japanese Prime Minister Abe appoints new Cabinet

Prime Minister Abe has reshuffled his Cabinet. On August 3, 2017, Taro Kono was appointed the new Minister for Foreign Affairs and Katsunobu Kato became the new Minister of Health. Taro Kono has previously voiced that Japan should halve its ODA budget, but has not yet clearly stated his position on ODA in his new capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Press release - The Cabinet Office (in Japanese)

News article - Sankei News (in Japanese)

Official website - Kono Taro (in Japanese)


Japan grants emergency assistance to support populations affected by conflict in Mindanao, the Philippines

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has allocated US$2 million in emergency funding to the Philippines through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The grant will provide food, health care, water, and sanitation to people displaced by the ongoing conflict on the island of Mindanao, where violence erupted in late May 2017 between government forces and Islamic militants.

Press Release - MOFA

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Japan's foreign ministry gives ¥3.5 billion to agriculture in Madagascar

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥3.5 billon (US$29 million) grant to Madagascar as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The funding will be used to support the restoration of irrigation systems in the southwest region of Alaotra Lake, in order to improve rice production. More than 70% of farmers in Madagascar are engaged in rice cultivation.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

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Japan to provide US$1 billion for SDGs between 2017 and 2018

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that Japan will provide US$1 billion to support the empowerment of children and youth through March 2019. This announcement comes as part of Japan’s continual efforts to achieve progress towards the SDGs. The funding will focus on education, health, disaster management, and achieving gender equality. 

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)


Japan to host G20 Summit in 2019

G20 countries have decided that Japan will host the group's Summit in 2019. This will be Japan's first time to hold the G20 Presidency, which rotates across the G20's five regional groups each year. The announcement was included in the G20 leaders' declaration, released at the conclusion of this year's Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Publication - G20

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Japan gives ¥500 million grant for food security in Yemen

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will provide a ¥500 million (US$4 million) grant to Yemen through the World Food Program (WFP). This contribution will allow WFP to meet the food needs of more than 760,000 food-insecure people in Yemen, including more than 280,000 pregnant and nursing women. More than 17 million people, or two-thirds of the population, are suffering from hunger in the country.

News article - Relief Web


Japan announces US$10 million grant to support refugees in Uganda

Japan's Foreign Minister, Nobuo Kishi, announced that Japan will provide a US$10 million emergency grant to Uganda to support the large refugee populations it hosts from neighboring countries. Funding will primarily go to health care and food assistance. The announcement was made at the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, cohosted by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, and Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Statement - Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Japan to organize TICAD VII 2019 in Yokohama

Japan has announced that it will organize the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) VII 2019 in Yokohama, Japan. The dates of the conference will be fixed after consulting with African nations.

Held every three years, a key aim of TICAD is to mobilize support for Africa’s socio-economic development, peace and security, governance, and human rights agendas. The TICAD VI Summit was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016, under the theme of 'Advancing Africa’s Sustainable Development Agenda – TICAD Partnership for Prosperity.' 

Press release - Prime Minister of Japan


EU, Japan, and US to coordinate fight against AMR

Drug regulatory agencies from the EU, Japan, and the US have agreed to align their data requirements to stimulate the development of new treatments to fight antimicrobial resistance. Each regulatory agency will now develop streamlined guidance documents and advise medicine developers in line with the new agreement. The agreement took place at a high-level meeting in Vienna, which follows an initial meeting that took place in September 2016 where the agencies discussed regulatory approaches for the evaluation of new antibacterial agents.

Press release - European Medicines Agency

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