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Japan announces ¥320 million grant to Benin as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥320 million grant (US$2.6 million) to the government of Benin as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The grant will be used to strengthen food security and improve malnutrition and poverty levels in the country, which is currently facing severe food shortages.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Nutrition

Japan announces ¥1.12 billion grant for food security in South Sudan, Guinea, and Central African Republic

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a total of ¥1.12 billion (US$9.3 million) in grants to the governments of South Sudan, Guinea, and the Central African Republic, as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The funding, to be channeled through the World Food Programme (WFP), will be used to strengthen food security and improve malnutrition and poverty levels in the three countries, which are currently facing severe food shortages.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Nutrition

Toyo Keizai Online predicts outcome of October’s snap election

Following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to call a snap election in October 2017, Toyo Keizai, a weekly business and finance magazine, has predicted four scenarios for the election’s outcome. Ranked in order of likelihood, they are as follows:

  1. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) wins the election by retaining a majority of seats (233) while losing 89 seats at most, which will weaken Abe’s administration
  2. The LDP loses a majority of seats, which leads to the launch of a coalition between LDP and Kibo no To, a new party led by Yuriko Koike, the current Tokyo governor and a former member of the House of Representatives of Japan.
  3. The LDP wins by retaining two-thirds of the 310 seats, resulting in stronger Abe administration.
  4. The LDP loses to a coalition of Kibo no To, currently the main opposition to the Democratic Party; the Japan Innovation party; and the centrist Komeito. This is likely to result in the advent of a new administration, lead by Koike. 

News article - Toyo Keizai Online (in Japanese)

Japan

Japan’s 2017 ‘Foreign Policy Blue Book’ now publicly available

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has made the Foreign Policy Blue Book for the 2017 fiscal year available to the public. The Blue Book reports on international affairs and Japan's diplomatic activities from January to December 2016. It also covers Japan's development activities, with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global health, environment and climate change, and science and technology for diplomacy.

Publication - Government of Japan (in Japanese)

Japan

Japan signs strategic partnership with Thailand’s cooperation agency

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a partnership agreement with the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) to promote Thailand’s capacity as an emerging donor, as well as to strengthen implementation of development assistance to Thailand. Assistance will be focused on three areas: 1) eliminating disparities among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), 2) increasing connectivity among ASEAN countries, and 3) promoting economic development in order to overcome the ‘middle income country trap’, where growth slows exponentially after reaching middle-income levels.

News article - NNA Asia 

Japan

Japan holds UN General Assembly side event on universal health coverage

In partnership with WHO, World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, the Rockefeller Foundation, and UHC2030, Japan hosted a high-level side event for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on universal health coverage (UHC). The event highlighted how UHC is a core driver to achieve the SDGs and allowed leaders to share their visions for achieving UHC in time for the Universal Health Coverage Forum, which takes place in Tokyo in December 2017. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a short speech that reiterated Japan’s commitment to sharing its knowledge on caring for an ageing society, as well as the importance of mobilizing resources from the private sector and civil society.

Website - UHC 2030

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan Global health

ONE 2017 data report urges a 'doubling' of development finance in Africa

International campaigning and advocacy organization ONE's 2017 data report, 'Financing for the African Century', reveals that the world's poorest countries - and the world's poorest citizens - are receiving a declining share of global resources. While ODA levels have grown globally, the share for least developed countries (LDCs) and Africa has declined, and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows remain the lowest of any region in the world. 

With the continent’s population set to double by 2050, the report urges that all forms of development finance also be doubled. According to the report, increased investment in the empowerment of Africa's youth will be critical to harnessing its 'demographic dividend' and will require cooperation between African governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector.

Publication - ONE

Japan announces ¥470 million grant to Mali as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥470 million grant (US$388 million) to the government of Mali as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The grant will be used to strengthen food security and improve malnutrition and poverty levels in the country, which is currently facing severe food shortages.

Press release - MOFA

Japan Agriculture Nutrition

Japan's minister of foreign affairs prepared to reduce FY2018 ODA budget

Japan’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono was asked at a press conference to clarify why the FY2018 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) budget request seeks to increase ODA spending. Minister Kono, who has previously stated that the country's ODA should be halved, said that most of the request was prepared by his predecessor, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and that he will respect these policy items.

Minister Kono is, however, prepared to cut the ODA budget in the case that MOFA needs to reduce its overall budget. If this happens, core budgets, such as employment costs and business travel for MOFA officials, will be prioritized.   

Press Release - MOFA

Japan

Ministers from Japan and African countries reaffirm accelerating TICAD commitments at TICAD Ministerial Meeting

Ministers from Japan and several African countries gathered at the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting on August 24 and 25, 2017, to evaluate the progress of the TICAD V and VI commitments. The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to accelerate the implementation of past pledges. Foreign Minister Taro Kono stressed that Japan will continue to provide quality infrastructure development in African countries as well as support private sector investment. Kono pointed out that Japan had disbursed US$5 billion in public assistance and private investment to African countries as part of the TICAD VI Nairobi Declaration since 2016.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

News article – Yomiuri Online (in Japanese)

 

Japan Agriculture Global health