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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Foreign Aid, Help from the heart? Yeah, right...

Japan is second to only the US in foreign aid. Is this aid from the heart only meant to help those in need without expectation of return? Yeah, right...
Japan is forming a committee to oversee foreign aid, and make it more of a strategic tool in achieving its foreign policy goals, the Japan Times reports.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party made the decision Sunday, giving it the working name of "the external economic cooperation strategic council."

The committee will be expected to devise ways to use aid effectively in accomplishing such objectives as attaining permanent membership in the U.N. Security Council.

The report said it will also seek leverage in aid when dealing with China, North Korea and other "highly political" relationships.
I guess when you have done your best to piss off all your neighbors, your last resort is cold, hard cash.