Library Talk: Japan’s Development Assistance ― Foreign Aid and the Post-2015 Agenda

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•01•29    18:00 - 19:30

    On 29 January 2016, the UNU Library will host the launch of the book Japan’s Development Assistance: Foreign Aid and the Post-2015 (edited by Hiroshi Kato, John Page, and Yasutami Shimomura; Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

    In 2014, Japan marked 60 years since it began providing official development assistance (ODA) in 1954. This book represents the results of research on “Japan and the Developing World: 60 Years of Japan’s ODA and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” It comprises 21 chapters by experts and development practitioners from Japan and around the world, who offer a critical review of Japan’s past bilateral development assistance and its role in multilateral development institutions. They look at the origins, characteristics, and historical changes in Japan’s development cooperation, investigating its interactions with major partners including its Asian neighbours and international organizations. The authors demonstrate that Japan, with its own aid philosophy, experiences, and models of aid, has ample lessons to offer to the international community.

    This book is available at the UNU Library.


    This Library Talk is open to the public. It will be in English only.

    Advanced registration (by 4:00 PM on 28 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page, or contact the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359), or fax (03-5467-1360).


    Hiroshi Kato, a co-editor of the book, is Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He will provide an overview of the book and Japan’s ODA from 1954 to 2014.

    Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, is currently a Liaison Officer of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) in Tokyo. He will present his chapter on “Japan and the United Nations: Its Past, Present and Future”.

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