Japan finances medical equipment for disease detection and treatment in Ethiopia

The Japanese government announced a grant of ¥300 million (US$2.8 million) to Ethiopia to support improvements in healthcare services. The country has a shortage of medical devices and hospital facilities that are able to provide sufficient cancer screenings and treatment. High prevalence of bacterial infection from h. pylori, as well as hepatitis B and schistosomiasis, compounds the urgent need for medical equipment for detection and treatment, which the grant from Japan will attempt to address.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

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Japan and the World Bank launch knowledge-sharing program to develop policy for elder care in Vietnam

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank launched a knowledge-sharing program for elder care in Vietnam. The elderly population in Vietnam is projected to increase from 7% to 14% by 2035, faster than Thailand or Singapore. Policy measures to mitigate aging populations’ economic impact are urgently needed. The program will be implemented in three phases, from August 2019 through March 2020.

World Bank Country Director for Vietnam, Ousmane Dione, spoke on the subject, saying, “Vietnam needs to start preparing for an aging society now by developing a comprehensive and financially sustainable health and social care service system that can provide the elderly with the care they need.”

Press release - The World Bank

News article - NNA ASIA News (in Japanese)

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Japan shares its views on regional and international issues at East Asia Sunmmit

At the East Asia Summit (EAS) foreign ministers' meeting in Bangkok,  Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono shared Japan's position on issues in the Indo-Pacific, including the promotion of quality infrastructure development in the region. He also highlighted Japan's commitment to supporting people displaced by crisis in the Rakhine state in Myanmar and their host communities. Kono also stressed the promote "candid" dialogue at the EAS, which is the region's premier forum for discussion of shared issues.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan


Japan announces priorities for 'ASEAN+3' cooperation

At a meeting of the 'ASEAN+3' (APT) foreign ministers, Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono highlighted Japan's priorities for APT cooperation, including a free and open Indo-Pacific, disaster prevention, food security, health and sanitation, and education and cross-country exchange. 

Kono also commended APT for its progress so far in promoting cooperation and development in the region. The APT includes the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) as well as China, Japan, and South Korea.

Press release -Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Japan provides financial support for women’s empowerment in developing countries

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in collaboration with US and German government-affiliated financial institutions, will establish a fund to invest in financial services supporting women's social advancement in developing countries. This fund will comprise about US$100 million in total, and 40% of this budget will be allocated to the sub-Saharan region.

News article - Nikkei (in Japanese)

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Japan establishes advisory panel to consider new funding mechanisms for SDGs

Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono has launched an advisory panel to consider new funding mechanisms for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).

As host country for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit and president of the leading UN group on innovative development financing, Japan will begin domestic discussion on financial resource mobilization for achieving the SDGs.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)


Tokyo International Conference on African Development to address technology and innovation

The theme of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development has been announced as 'Advancing Africa's Development through People, Technology and Innovation'. The conference will be held on August 28-30, 2019.

The government of Japan will increase its support in human resource development as well as science, technology, and innovation to trhe African continent.

Press release - MOFA


Over half of G7 spending for education goes to achieving gender equality

UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report has shown that 55% of spending by the G7 on education projects is earmarked for initiatives that strive to eradicate gender inequalities in schooling.

France, who currently holds the G7 presidency, is the second-largest donor, at 76%, after Canada at 92%. The analysis was part of a broader examination by UNESCO and GEM examining donor allocations to gender parity in education. The report gives recommendations for countries to equalize access to education between the genders, which include the following:

  1. Fighting negative gender norms through coed sports or extracurricular activities that allow children of all genders to engage with one another, and encouraging girls to participate in STEM activities;
  2. Increasing equitable access to education through conditional cash transfers, food for education initiatives, second-chance programs and strong technical and vocational training for women in key industries;
  3. Strengthening teaching and learning resources through the revision of curriculum frameworks to help develop gender-responsive toolkits for teachers, and the provision of financial incentives for female teachers in remote locations;
  4. Improving the learning environment through the development of local community learning centers and the legal frameworks and codes of conduct, and the enforcement of minimum standards on water and sanitation.

Blog post - UNESCO World Education Blog

Building Bridges for Gender Equality report - Global Education Monitoring

UK calls on G7 development ministers to increase funding for Ebola-hit DRC

The UK secretary for state for international development, Rory Stewart, has called upon G7 donors to increase funding to help deal with the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently, the UK and the US are among the biggest donors to the crisis, but the World Health Organisation is facing a funding shortage and needs additional resources to address the epidemic.

During the G7 development minister’s meeting on July 4, 2019, held in France, Stewart requested further support, particularly from France and Japan, for the crisis, which has already resulted in 1,600 deaths in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces in eastern DRC, since August of 2018. 

Press release - UK Government 

Japanese envoy to UN and head of UNICEF highlight importance of vaccination for children

Japan's envoy to the UN collaborated with the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to organize an event advocating for the great importance of vaccination to save the lives of young children. The speakers called upon leaders around the world to make sure as many children as possible are vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases.

News article - KYODO NEWS

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