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Japan ODA Cut A Major Concern: U.S. Think Tank Chief

Thursday, May 26, 2011

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Michael Auslin, director of Japan studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, on Thursday said he is concerned that Japan might roll back its foreign policy, such as by slashing budgets for official development assistance, as efforts to rebuild the country in the wake of the March 11 disaster would make it focus more on domestic affairs.

Speaking at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, Auslin said it is crucial for a democratic country to provide foreign aid, and if Japan cuts its ODA, a country that holds different views from those of Japan and the U.S. may offer assistance in its place.

He added that Japan needs to continue playing its role as an aid provider.

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