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Japanese council submits resolution on strengthening ODA

Japan's Strategic Council on Rebuilding Diplomacy, chaired by Hon. Nobuteru Ishihara, Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party, has submitted a resolution on strengthening Japanese ODA. The resolution also calls on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to increase the quality and quantity of Japanese embassies around the world.

News article - Nikkei Shimbun (in Japanese)

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Japan gives ¥2.38-billion grant to Mongolia to build new schools

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥2.38 billion (US$2 millilon) grant to the government of Mongolia. The grant will be used to develop four earthquake-resistant, disability-friendly primary and secondary schools in Ulaanbaator, the capital. The project aims to contribute to Mongolia's progress on SDG4, 'Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning'. 

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Education

Japan gives US$17.7 million grant for vaccines and rural development in Afghanistan

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a US$17.7-million grant to Afghanistan, which will be used to procure life-saving vaccines against tuberculosis, measles, hepatitis B, and tetanus, as well as to improve the livelihood of 1.8 million people living in border districts in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. The funding comes through UNICEF and UNDP as part of Japan's commitment made at the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit, which focused on 'Cooperation for the Stabilization of the Middle East'.

Press release - UNICEF Afghanistan Office 

Japan Global health

Japan gives ¥200 million grant to support agricultural development and pharmaceuticals in Nigeria

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥200 million (US$3.72 million) grant to the government of Nigeria as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The grant will be used to support pharmaceutical development in order to accelerate research in infectious-disease control. It will also support agricultural activity in order to improve the quality of the country's rice production.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture Global health

Japan gives ¥260 million grant to strengthen food security in Guinea Bissau

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥260 million (US$3.72 million) grant to the government of Guinea Bissau 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 in the country, which has been facing severe food shortage due to a series of civil conflicts and military coups.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan

Japan to increase volunteer salaries based on merit

Japan's Public Project Review Committee has indicated that the Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) volunteer programs should be modified in order to provide a competitive salary to volunteers. The volunteer program, open to Japanese citizens who want to support socio-economic development in Japan's partner countries, offers two types of roles: Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) and Senior Volunteers. Until now, salaries to JOCV participants have been defined by age: volunteers over the age of 40 receive US$600-1,500 per month, whereas volunteers under the age of 40 receive half of that amount. The committee argued that the new salaries of volunteer participants should be calculated based on expertise and experience, rather than age.

News article - Jiji News (in Japanese)

News article - TV Asahi News (in Japanese)

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Japanese government considers new ODA-like scheme for arms exportation

The Japanese government has begun to look into the feasibility of developing a new ODA-like scheme that would enable increased weapon exportation, under the rationale that current ODA regulations do not allow for Japan to meet the need for weapons in partner countries such as Malaysia. However, the proposal has incited backlash from both members of the government and the public, who are reluctant to see tax dollars funding the export of weapons. 

From 1967 to 2014, Japan had a ban on arms exports. The ban was lifted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government. 

News article - ANN News (in Japanese)

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Japan gives ¥450-million grant to strengthen food security in Burundi

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that it will provide a ¥450-million grant (US$3.72 million) to Burundi 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 Agriculture Nutrition

Japan gives ¥200-million grant to Swaziland for food security

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥800-million grant (US$3.72 million) to Swaziland through World Food Program (WFP) 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 in the country, which has been affected by a severe drought since January 2015.

Press release - MOFA Press Release (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture

Japan gives ¥800-million grant to Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥800-million grant (US$6.61 million) to Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone through World Food Program (WFP) 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 rates of malnutrition in the countries. In Burkina Faso in particular, the grant aims to keep more girls in school by increasing family's food security.

Press release, Burkina Faso - MOFA (in Japanese)

Press release, Sierra Leone and Liberia - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Agriculture