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Gov’t to include funding for tree planting in China in FY2015 supplementary budget

  • 2015-12-17 15:00:00
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(Asahi: December 17, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 By Takeshi Narabe

 

 The government has decided to allocate 9 billion yen to support China’s afforestation efforts through the “Japan-China tree planting support project.”

 

 While there is opposition in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to providing aid to China, claiming this is “just another form of official development assistance (ODA),” the go-ahead is being given because this is a project backed by General Council Chairman Toshihiro Nikai and others.

 

 The tree planting project started in 1999 with Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi’s order to provide 10 billion yen to support China’s afforestation.

 

 Funding is provided to Japanese private sector groups involved with tree planting and afforestation in China. The remaining amount for this fiscal year is 1 billion yen, so allocating 9 billion yen in the supplementary budget will restore the fund to a full 10 billion yen.

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