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 strengthened 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). Additional funding announcements are expected at the upcoming TICAD VII.


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  • The seventh TICAD meeting (TICAD VII) will be held in Yokohama in August 2019. The conference offers an opportunity to foster dialogue with African nations and promote development and investment.
  • Japan hosts the Group of 20 (G20) series of meetings and events throughout 2019, which will involve many side events related to development financing and development effectiveness. This includes meetings of the G20 Development Working Group in the sidelines of the Osaka Summit in June 2019 and a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in November 2019.
  • Japan will host the Nutrition Summit in 2020. There will be many opportunities in the lead up to this event, including the event itself, to engage with global stakeholders on nutrition and health.