Japan's Aid Needs More Imagination

Japanese officials give out billions in development assistance, yet cause little stir.

Japan's spent nearly $50 billion in Africa to little acclaim.

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Shinzo Abe’s recent promise of $30 billion in financing to African countries over the next three years shouldn’t have come as a great surprise. Quietly, over decades, Japan has become the leading financier of growth-supporting infrastructure across large swathes of the developing world. Perhaps too quietly.

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