Japan’s ODA serves as “investment in future” for ASEAN: white paper

Japan’s official development assistance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been an effective “investment in the future” for the 10-nation region and Japan, bolstering development and prosperity for both parties, according to a government paper released Friday. The ODA White Paper for 2013 calls for ensuring that Japanese ODA will spur ASEAN initiatives to build infrastructure and narrow intra-regional development gaps toward the goal of boosting regional “connectivity” and achieving a more integrated economic community by the end of 2015. […] In 2012 […] Vietnam was the largest recipient of Japanese ODA with $1.64 billion, followed by Afghanistan with $873 million, India with $704 million and Iraq with $360 million. Among ASEAN countries, Cambodia ranked seventh, Myanmar 17th and Laos 18th. […] http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140220/japans-oda-serves-investment-future-asean-white-paper