Prime Minister Announces JICA's collaboration with universities in Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will collaborate with domestic universities on a international development graduate program that focuses on four specific academic fields: 1) political and legal area, 2) economic area, 3) social development area, and 4) science and technology. The program aims to recruit students from developing countries currently studying in Japan, in order for them to apply skills gained upon returning home.

Press release - JICA (in Japanese)


Japanese loans ¥200 billion to Bangladesh to support infrastructure projects

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced ¥200 billion (US$1.8 billion) in loans to Bangladesh to support infrastructure projects including:

  • Matarbari Port Development Project (loan amount: ¥2.7 billion (US$24 million))
  • Jamuna Railway Bridge Construction Project (loan amount: ¥37.2 billion ($342 million))
  • Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (loan amount: ¥7.4 billion ($68 million))
  • Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project  (loan amount: ¥79.3 billion ($729 million))
  • Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project  (loan amount: ¥67.3 billion ($619 million))
  • Health Services Strengthening Project (loan amount: ¥6.6 billion ($60 million)).

Press release - JICA 


G7 countries commit US$3 billion to education for women and girls in crises

At the G7 Summit held in Charlevoix, Quebec from June 8-9, 2018, Canada, the UK, the EU, Germany, Japan, and the World Bank committed US$3 billion to invest in women and girls’ education in crisis and conflict situations. This commitment will, among other things, support innovative methods to provide education to vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups, including refugees and displaced people, and support developing countries to provide opportunities for girls to complete at least 12 years of quality education.

With a commitment of US$2 billion (over five years), the World Bank is the largest contributor, followed by Canada (US$350 million) and the United Kingdom (US$250 million). The money raised exceeds the US$1.3 billion a global coalition of 30 humanitarian and development organizations has been calling for. The Canadian government said the commitments represented "the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations", and that the proposed investment could help to educate more than eight million children and teenagers.  

Press release – Prime Minister of Canada’s Office

Japan dispatches Disaster Relief Team to DRC in wake of Ebola Outbreak

Japan has dispatched its Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Diseases Response Team to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following a request from the government of DRC due to an Ebola outbreak. The team will work to strengthen systems of surveillance and laboratory capabilities. 

Press release - MOFA

Japan Global health

Hiroki Nakatani appointed Board Chair of GHIT Fund

Hiroki Nakatani will succeed Kiyoshi Kurokawa as Board Chair of Japan's Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), as the fund’s second five-year phase of operations start. Nakatani previously held several important roles in the field of global health and neglected tropical diseases throughout his career. These include time as assistant director-general at the World Health Organization, and various senior-level responsibilities at the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. 

Press release - GHIT Fund

Japan Global health R&D

JICA-supported training of 100 specialized medical personnel in Myanmar

The opening ceremony of the first medical engineering program in Myanmar, supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was held at the University of Medical Technology, Yangon. Under the guidance of experts from the Japan Association for Clinical Engineers, the program aims to graduate a hundred students within the span of the next five years. These students will be trained in the operation and management of advanced medical equipment that has been introduced to Myanmar lately and for which operation appropriate personnel is lacking. Through this program, JICA would thus contribute to closing the shortage in human resources and raising the quality of medical practice in Myanmar.  

News report - NNA ASIA (in Japanese)


Japan announces the imminent publication of handbook on “Kaizen” management

The “Kaizen” philosophy of management helped Japan improve the quality of its products and productivity during the era of high economic growth. As the population of Africa increases and African countries face imminent employment challenges, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has compiled the “Kaizen” handbook so it could guide them to improve productivity, quality, and human-resource formation. Over 100 countries, including African nations, will gather in South Africa to attend the “Kaizen Annual Meeting”, during which the handbook will be launched. 

Press release - JICA (in Japanese)


Japan dispatches assessment team to DRC following Ebola outbreak

In response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Japan has sent an assessment team including infectious disease experts and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to identify the needs of the affected areas and discuss further assistance with the DRC government and international organizations involved. 

Press release - MOFA (in English)


Japanese MOFA solicits public opinions on its country-specific ODA policies

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is requesting public opinions on its country-specific policies of development cooperation and official development assistance (ODA) in the following countries: Nicaragua, Brazil,  Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Namibia, and Malawi. Input on the first three countries will be gathered from May 17 to June 14, 2018, and for the second group from May 28 to June 25, 2018.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)


Japan provides ¥200 million grant to Micronesia

Japan has announced a ¥200 million (US$2 million) grant to Micronesia. The funding is to be used for electrical generators to help provide continuous electricity during emergencies to the many atolls that make up the country. Micronesia experiences frequent power outages caused by extreme weather incidents. 

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)