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Published: Reconsidering the History of Japan's Development Cooperation Series, Volume 5 'Japan's Cooperation to Infrastructure Development: Its History, Philosophy, and Contribution'

July 7, 2021

The research findings of the JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development’s “Japan’s Development Cooperation: A Historical Perspective” project have been collected in a seven-volume book series titled “Nihon no Kaihatsukyoryokushi wo Toinaosu (Reconsidering the History of Japan's Development Cooperation)” (available only in Japanese). The fifth volume of the series, “Japan's Cooperation to Infrastructure Development: Its History, Philosophy, and Contribution” (written by Yamada Junichi) was published in March 2021.

This book series positions development cooperation as one of the few tools used by Japan to actively build international relationships following World War II, and unveils the reality of this development cooperation from a variety of perspectives. It covers topics such as what it means to listen to the opinions of the countries and people who benefited from Japan’s development cooperation and how Japanese political processes and philosophies have changed over time. From the perspective of historically evaluating international cooperation, the book series explores the image that modern Japan presents to developing countries and delves into the previously neglected history of modern Japan in relation to Asia and the world.

The fifth volume, “Japan's Cooperation to Infrastructure Development: Its History, Philosophy, and Contribution,” covers Japan's support for socioeconomic infrastructure development in Asia, which has made up the core of Japan's official development assistance (ODA) from the era of post-war reparations and quasi-reparations up until the present. The book looks back at the philosophy and history behind that assistance, while comparing it with assistance by Western and emerging donors, to examine the conditions under which Japan's assistance can stand out today.

The book can be purchased at the link below.

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