In the aftermath of World War II the international community provided the assistance to kick-start Japan's shattered economy, financing the rebuilding of roads, dams, power systems and the development of innovative projects such as the revolutionary Shinkansen bullet trains.
In 2011 nations across the world once more responded to one of Japan's darkest moments, providing help and support in the wake of the devastating earthquake-tsunami which claimed around 20,000 lives.
In the intervening decades Japan had rebuilt its economy, rejoined the global community of nations and through its Official Development Assistance (ODA), became a major development partner to many of the world's most vulnerable nations.
Those early developments were the forerunners of what we today label globalization and international interdependence–a movement which will surely become even more important in the years ahead.
And a central tenant of globalization is that international cooperation is not a one-way street, but rather a broad two-way highroad on which Japan's own economic and social advancement is inextricably linked with the economic and social health of countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and other regions.
As the country's comprehensive development institution, the Japan International Cooperation Agency is dedicated to strengthening this movement under the rubric of ‘Inclusive and Dynamic Development,'– continuing our traditional cooperation projects, but also forging new alliances and partnerships, exploring new approaches to new challenges and creating new ideas and ‘knowledge centers' between Japanese and overseas experts, academics, technicians and private business.
This ‘two-way highroad' is complex and challenging. New, middle income countries are emerging. China, South Korea, Thailand, Brazil and India among others are becoming donors. The so-called Arab Spring highlighted the increasing clamor for democracy, social and economic justice. Entrenched poverty, natural disasters and conflict threaten tens of millions of people and the environment, energy, food security and aging populations are more recent global issues.
JICA provides technical cooperation, concessional loans and investment, and grant aid and its operations are based on the concept of providing both the type and level of cooperation appropriate to individual countries or regions, ranging from peacebuilding to sustainable economic and social growth.
Through such efforts, combining ‘tried and tested' approaches and innovative, dynamic new ideas, we hope not only to revitalize the world's developing nations but Japan itself.
Akihiko TANAKA, President
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
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