World Crises Not Unrelated to Japan: Govt White Paper

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The Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—A Japanese government annual report Tuesday stressed the importance of providing aid to foreign countries such as Ukraine, saying that crises around the world are not always unrelated to Japan.

The 2023 White Paper on Development Cooperation, submitted by Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa at a cabinet meeting, said that official development assistance programs that stabilize regions and tackle global issues are essential contributions.

In 2022, Japan’s official development assistance stood at $17,499.94 million. As in the previous year, the country was the third-largest ODA donor in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee after the United States and Germany.

The ODA total came to 0.39 pct of Japan’s gross national income, below the 0.7 pct target set by the United Nations.