(Nikkei: January 24, 2016 – p. 2)
The government will offer an additional 38.5 billion yen ($350 million) in aid for refugees in the Middle East resulting from the rise of extremist groups. This fund will be given to international organizations to be used to acquire food and drinking water in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, and other countries, as well as for the repair of hospitals, schools, and other facilities in countries accepting refugees. As the host of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit this year, Japan wants to demonstrate its active involvement with counterterrorism and Middle East stability.
In a speech in Cairo in January 2015, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged aid to the Middle East, and the government has provided $810 million so far. It is now providing additional funding.
There is increasing turmoil in the Middle East as a result of the extremist group Islamic State’s activities. Japan’s additional aid will also be used to tighten border control and provide vocational training for refugees. Syria will receive 7.1 billion yen; Iraq, 11.5 billion yen; Jordan, 7.1 billion yen; Lebanon, 5.1 billion yen; and Turkey, 4.3 billion yen from this aid.