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Japan's Foreign Aid

Old Continuities and New Directions, 1st Edition

Edited by David Arase


298 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Filling a gap in the existing literature, this book analyzes the distinctive features of Japan’s development aid, especially technical co-operation, in comparison with other donors’ aid. Incorporating a wealth of research, it discusses whether Japan is behind other leading donor countries in rethinking its aid policy and whether it lacks transparency, sensitivity to recipient needs, and a coherent and coordinated policy that targets poverty.

The volume assesses the nature and effectiveness of the administration of Japan’s aid, and explores the degree of involvement of private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Including contributions from experts with direct experience with Japanese ODA, the book provides a wide range of recipient and donor viewpoints and presents important policy recommendations.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors

Preface and acknowledgments

1 Introduction

Part I: Donor Viewpoints

2 The World Bank, Japan, and Aid Effectiveness

Kevin Morrison

3 Japanese and British Overseas Aid Compared

David Seddon

4 Swedish Perceptions of Japanese ODA

Marie Soderberg

5 An Overview of Japanese ODA to Latin America: Comparative Observations on Social Development Initiatives

Kay Warren

6 Japanese and Australian ODA

Alan Rix

7 Japan’s and the United States’ Bilateral ODA Programs

David Arase

8 Japanese ODA compared to Canadian ODA

Micheline Beaudry-Somcynsky

9 ODA Policy and Practice: Japan and the Republic of Korea

Sang-Tae Kim & David Seddon

Part II: Recipient Viewpoints

10 Japanese Aid to Pakistan

Tahir Andrabi

11 Japanese Aid to China: A Comparison of ODA from Japan and Europe

Shaokui Feng

12 Japanese Aid to South and Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis

Haider Khan

13 Japan’s ODA in the Pacific Island States

Sandra Tarte

14 ODA from Japan and Other Donors in Thailand

Anuman Leelasorn

15 Conclusion

David Arase




About the Editor

David Arase is an associate professor of politics at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He has published extensive research on Japanese foreign policy and East Asian relations including Buying Power: The Political Economy of Japanese Foreign Aid (Lynne Rienner, 1995), and the edited collection The Challenge of Change: East Asia in the New Millennium (Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2002).

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General