At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • The government prioritizes the promotion of economic growth and using ODA to engage Japanese companies in emerging markets in its development policy framework document, the Development Cooperation Charter.
  • Japan’s focus on Asia is expected to continue, due to the country’s strong economic, diplomatic, and geographic ties to the region. Japan’s engagement with Asia, as well as Africa, is guided by the ‘free and open Indo-Pacific Strategy’.
  • Japan is strengthening its relationship with Africa, particularly in the areas of governance and infrastructure development. This was demonstrated by its US$30 billion pledge in public and private funding for 2016 to 2018 at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), a regular conference organized by the Japanese government to promote Africa’s development. At the seventh TICAD VII in Yokohama in August 2019, Prime Minister Abe stressed Japan’s commitment to working closely with the African continent and committed to supporting the realization of private investment in excess of 20 billion dollars in the next three years. 
  • Japan hosted the G20 series of meetings and events in 2019. Japan’s priorities for the G20 presidency included health and infrastructure as well as global commons to generate sustainable growth. Japan’s G20 Aichi-Nagoya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting had three themes: advocating for free trade and global governance, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and promoting African development.  

 

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Outlook
  • In 2020, Japan will host the Summer Olympics and Paralympics and the Nutrition Summit. There will be many opportunities in the lead up to these events, including the events themselves, to engage with global stakeholder. 
  • In June 2020, Japan will host the Goalkeepers Conference, an event organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Goalkeepers brings together leaders from around the world to accelerate action towards the Sustainable Development Goals.