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Suga rebuts criticism of Japan’s contribution to women’s fund

  • November 10, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

In a press conference held on Nov. 9, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made a counterargument against criticism of Japan’s contribution to a fund launched by the World Bank and other entities to support women entrepreneurs. U.S. President Donald Trump’s advisor and eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, helped to establish the fund. Criticism has been raised in Japan that huge amounts of taxpayers’ money are being wasted by contributing to the fund just to promote the development of the Japan-U.S. ties. However, Suga said, “We are simply making a contribution in the same way as other countries.”

 

The fund was launched when the leaders of the G20 nations met in July. When asked if the government is giving priority to contributing to the ‘Ivanka’ fund over providing education free of charge, he answered: “There is no such thing as an ‘Ivanka fund.’ The fund was launched by the World Bank in partnership with various countries.”

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