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Japan to support the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System in Mandalay City of Myanmar

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 06/09/2015

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Signing of Grant Agreement with the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Date: June 3, 2015
Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency

- Supporting safe water access in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city -

On June 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to provide grant aid of up to 2.555 billion yen for assistance for the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System in Mandalay City.

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Shinzo Abe agreed to memorandum of cooperation with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan about several areas including maglev high-speed rail

| News, Transportation News | 06/07/2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sits on board a magnetic-levitation (maglev) train at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track.

Larry Hogan just asked for $28M to develop a maglev train line between Baltimore and D.C.
Date: June 4, 2015
Source: Baltimore Business Journal by Rick Seltzer

Gov. Larry Hogan isn’t just riding a magnetic levitation train in Japan during his trade trip to Asia. His administration is boosting a private effort to build such a super-fast train at home between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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Japan aid to Bangladesh for the Improvement of Solid Waste Management Equipment

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 05/22/2015

Japan and Bangladesh

Signing of Grant Agreement with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh – Garbage trucks improving the urban living environment
Date: May 21, 2015
Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency

On May 20, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to provide grant aid of up to 1.486 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of Solid Waste Management Equipment.

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N. Chandrababu Naidu invited Japanese firms to build smart community in Andhra Pradesh capital

| Energy News, News, Science and Technology News | 03/06/2015

Expanding Technology Cooperation for Smart Community in Andhra Pradesh

AP woos Japanese companies to build smart communities
Date: Mar 5, 2014
Source: The Dollar Business – by Sai Nikesh

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has sought Japan’s co-operation for developing a world class capital like Tokyo, and also for better cooperation in sectors like energy, infrastructure and industrial development.

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Japan’s economy is improving by Abenomics

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/06/2015

Japan Coincident Index Jan 2015

Japan’s key index shows recovery
Date: Mar 6, 2015
Source: NHK World

The Japanese government has given its January assessment on the economy, saying it shows signs of recovery in line with a month before.

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Kitakyushu city offers water management systems for improvement of water quality in Asia

| Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports | 02/27/2015

Kitakyushu's staff check water quality

City of Kitakyushu offers technical support for waterworks in Asia
Date: Feb 2014
Source: Highlighting Japan – by Isao Naruse

In cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the city of Kitakyushu has been sharing waterworks technology – and even water department personnel – as part of an initiative to improve water standards in various developing nations overseas.

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What is Japan’s ODA (Official Development Assistance)?

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/15/2014

Japan’s Official Development Assistance - Structure

Japan’s Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance (ODA) refers to grants and loans with concessional conditions that are given to developing countries and regions that are included on the list of aid recipient countries and regions created by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), mainly for the purpose of contributing to the improvement of economic development and welfare, etc.

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Japan to invest $34 billion for India’s infrastructure projects

| International Cooperation Reports | 09/01/2014

Japan and India

Japan to Double Investment in India Within 5 Years
Date: Sep 1, 2014
Source: The Wall Street Journal – By Mitsuru Obe

TOKYO—Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set an ambitious goal of doubling Japanese investment and the number of Japanese companies in India within five years, as part of an effort by the two countries to strengthen economic and security ties.

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60 Years History of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) – To support for self-help efforts

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 08/22/2014

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Sixty Years of Japanese ODA – Interview with Kimihiro Ishikane
Date: Aug 22, 2014
Source: Highlighting JAPAN – by Tami Kawasaki

This year marks sixty years of Japanese official development assistance (ODA). Kimihiro Ishikane, Director-General, International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke about the history of Japanese ODA, the bonds it has forged between Japan and other countries, and what direction it should take in the future.

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Japan govt to launch international economic forum for women

| Economy & Markets News | 08/17/2014

Japan Prime Minister Office

Japan to host meeting of global women leaders
Date: Aug 16, 2014
Source: NHK World

The Japanese government is preparing to launch an international economic forum for women next month.

Tokyo will host the 3-day World Assembly for Women beginning September 12. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to attend.

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Japan plans to increase duty free products and shops for foreign tourist

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/14/2014

Duty Free Shop

Japan to ease rules to lure foreign shoppers
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — Japan plans to loosen regulations to encourage shopping by foreign tourists, streamlining the tax exemption process and making it easier for merchants to set up stands catering to cruise ship passengers.

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Japan to support Myanmar for developing communications network with Southeast Asian countries

| International Cooperation Reports | 08/09/2014

Japan and Myanmar

Japan to extend 10.5 billion yen in loans to Myanmar
Date: Aug 9, 2014
Source: Kyodo

NAYPYITAW (Kyodo) — Japan said Saturday it will extend a total of 10.5 billion yen in loans to Myanmar to help the Southeast Asian country improve its communications network linking major cities to meet growing demand for mobile phones and the Internet.

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Japan to support Brazilian offshore oil drilling and grain transportation

| Energy News, International Cooperation Reports | 08/01/2014

Japan and Brazil

Japan to support Brazilian offshore drilling, infrastructure
Date: Aug 1, 2014
Source: NIKKEI – by OKI NAGAI

BRASILIA, Brazil — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed Friday to pursue cooperation in areas including offshore oil drilling and grain transportation.

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Japan Govt to Provide “Ningen Dock” Japanese-Style Health Examinations in Kazakhstan

| Health & Beauty, International Cooperation Reports | 07/29/2014

Japan and Kazakhstan

Japan-style medical screenings to be introduced in Kazakhstan
Date: Jul 29, 2014
Source: NIKKEI

TOKYO — The Japanese government will cooperate with domestic manufacturers and hospitals to provide Japanese-style health examinations in Kazakhstan, in a move to promote its medical industry overseas.

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Japan support $5.5M in emergency humanitarian aid to residents of Gaza Strip

| International Cooperation Reports | 07/27/2014

Gaza Strip, with Israeli-controlled borders and limited fishing zone

Japan Pledges $5m in Aid to Gaza Strip Amidst Fears Egypt is Blocking Supply Trucks
Date: Jul 26, 2014
Source: International Business Times – by Tabatha Kinder

Japan will give $5.5m (£3.2m) in emergency humanitarian aid to residents of the Gaza Strip, it has been announced.

The number of casualties in the small self-governing enclave is growing each day as the result of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. The Gaza death toll passed 840 on Friday ‒ the eighteenth consecutive day of fighting.

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Palestinian Children Fly Kites to message solidarity with Japan from Gaza Strip

| International Cooperation Reports | 07/27/2014

FROM GAZA TO JAPAN, A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY

FROM GAZA TO JAPAN, A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY
Date: Mar 12, 2014
Source: UNRWA

Gaza – On the third anniversary of the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan, a message of continued solidarity and strength was carried there on the wind from the Gaza Strip. One thousand Palestine refugee students from UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools in Gaza gathered to fly kites in commemoration of the disaster that killed thousands of people and caused immense damage.

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Japanese Govt plans to join shale gas development in Mexico for importing cheap natural gas

| Energy News | 07/25/2014

Japan's Gas Import Routes From US and Mexico

Japan eager to join Mexico shale gas development
Date: Jul 26, 2014
Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

The government plans to join shale gas development in Mexico, aiming to start imports of the cheap natural gas in the mid-2020s, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

At a summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to be held Saturday in Mexico, they are expected to reach an agreement to strengthen bilateral energy cooperation, according to sources.

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Toshiba to Supply Steam Turbine and Generators for World’s Largest-class Geothermal Power Plant Projects

| Energy News, News | 07/16/2014

Toshiba Corporation - Steam Turbine

Toshiba to Supply Steam Turbine and Generators for one of World’s Largest-class Geothermal Power Plant Projects
Date: Jul 16, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

TOKYO— Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502), today announced that is has been awarded a major contract to supply 3 x 60-megawatt geothermal steam turbines and generators (STG) for one of the world’s largest geothermal power plants, the Sarulla geothermal power plant project, which is now under construction in Tapanali Utara in Indonesia’s North Sumatra.

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Japan to support Brazil for improving infrastructure, including transportation networks for agricultural products and ports

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 07/12/2014

Japan and Brazil

Japan to provide broad support to Brazil’s agricultural industry
Date: Jul 12, 2014
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese government plans to provide broad support to Brazil’s agricultural industry will be a focus when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during an upcoming trip to five Latin American nations, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

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Japan to extend 600 billion yen in aid to Bangladesh for developing Infrastructure

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 05/26/2014

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Bangladesh to get 600 billion yen Japanese aid
Date: May 26, 2014
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

TOKYO, May 26, 2014 (BSS)- Japan has expressed its commitment to providing up to 600 billion yen of assistance to Bangladesh from this year by fully taking into account the proper and smooth implementation of projects.

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Japanese government will provide hybrid vehicles worth Rs 490 million to Pakistan

| International Cooperation Reports | 03/20/2014

Japanese Ambassador, Inomata and Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Nargis Sethi

Japan to provide hybrid vehicles worth Rs 490 million
Date: Mar 20, 2014
Source: Business Recorder by Imaduddin

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan will provide hybrid vehicles worth Rs 490 million to Pakistan for improving capabilities of law enforcement agencies in the country.

An agreement to this effect was signed between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata and Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Nargis Sethi here on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos

| Economy & Markets News | 01/10/2014

the World Economic Forum in Davos

Abe to attend Davos economic forum
Date: Jan 10 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that Abe will deliver a keynote address at the event’s opening session on January 22nd. No Japanese prime minister has ever made such a speech at the forum.

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Japanese cuisine “Washoku” added to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

| Awards and Honors, Culture and Society News, Foods and Drinks News, Foods and Drinks Reports, News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News | 12/04/2013

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UNESCO picks Japanese cuisine as cultural heritage
Date: Dec 4, 2013
Source: NHK WORLD

UNESCO has added Japanese cuisine and food culture to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

The world body’s intergovernmental committee made the decision at a meeting in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Japan filed an application with UNESCO in March last year, following a request by a Japanese civic group.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive policies are forging an escape from deflation

| Business & Economy | 11/28/2013

Abenomics

Rising inflation, output points to Japan recovery
Date: Nov 29, 2013
Source: Reuters – By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto

Japanese consumer inflation accelerated to a five-year high in October and a narrower price measure increased at its fastest pace in 15 years, more evidence that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive policies are forging an escape from deflation.

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