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Japan's official development assistance: recent issues and future directions

  • Masahiro Kawai

    (Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)

  • Shinji Takagi

    (Independent Evaluation Office, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA and Faculty of Economics, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan)

The paper discusses recent issues and possible future directions of Japan's official development assistance (ODA). While Japan remains one of the world's largest donor nations, given its prolonged economic stagnation and mounting public sector debt, the Japanese government is under increasing public pressure to reduce ODA budgets and to use ODA in more explicit pursuit of Japan's own economic and political interests. Internationally, Japan continues to attract criticism for its emphasis on infrastructure-related projects and for its restrained willingness to participate in multilateral partnerships. This paper argues that Japan can meet these domestic and international challenges by developing a coherent national strategy for ODA, broadly designed to enhance effectiveness, accountability and transparency. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 16 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 255-280

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