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Japan planning to expand ODA for peace and stability in Indo-Pacific region

  • June 19, 2022
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NHK reported on Sunday that the GOJ is planning to expand its ODA based on the view that Japan must step up its diplomacy to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region amid the international order being shaken by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The network said the GOJ believes that it needs to strengthen not only its defense capability but also its diplomatic power to unite with like-minded nations that share such universal values as freedom and democracy in order to prevent a situation like the Ukraine crisis from happening in the Indo-Pacific region. To that end, the network said Japan plans to expand its ODA in order to demonstrate at home and abroad its commitment to further help nations overcome their challenges. Noting that Japan’s ODA budget this year is about 560 billion yen ($ 4.15 billion), which is about half of the peak recorded in 1997, the network said the GOJ is planning to increase the budget on a continual basis while assessing the nation’s fiscal situation.

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