President's Desk

Message from the President:

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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 challenge

The President's Activities

October 22, 2014 JICA President Tanaka Attends the Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, D.C.
October 9, 2014 President Tanaka Attends World Assembly for Women in Tokyo 2014: 'Women's Version of the Davos Forum'
October 1, 2014 JICA President Tanaka Attends Meetings During a High Level Week at the United Nations General Assembly

Speech Transcripts

August 20, 2014 Speech at the ODA Loan Agreements Signing Ceremony for the San Miguel Bypass Construction Project
(The Presidential Mansion, San Salvador, El Salvador)
July 23, 2014 Speech on the Occasion of the Signing of an MOU with UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
(JICA Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan)
July 17, 2014 Speech at the ODA Loan Agreements Signing Ceremony
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tunis, Tunisia)

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