December 12, 2013
From JICA-RI, Deputy Director Naohiro Kitano contributes one chapter entitled “Japanese Development Assistance to ASEAN Countries.” He argued that Japanese development assistance to ASEAN—Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines—and to Vietnam has encouraged foreign direct investment, especially from Japan, through infrastructure development, which led to economic development. Kitano pointed out that Japan’s assistance promoted balanced development between urban and rural areas as well as human resource development. He also described its recent support for enhancing ASEAN connectivity.
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