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Japan Pledges $106 Mln for Ukraine's Reconstruction

Sun 11 Feb 2024 | 07:03 PM
Israa Farhan

Japan has pledged $106 million (15.8 billion yen) in aid to support Ukraine's post-war reconstruction in seven key areas, including infrastructure rebuilding and mine clearance, as reported by Kyodo News.

Sources, who preferred to remain anonymous, indicated that Tokyo and Kyiv are expected to agree on Japan's participation in Ukraine's reconstruction efforts during the Japan-Ukraine conference scheduled for February 19 in Tokyo, aimed at promoting economic rebuilding.

The conference, attended by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal along with about 300 other government officials and private sector representatives, marks a significant collaboration between the two nations.

The allocated funds will be used for urgent needs such as mine removal equipment and the construction of temporary bridges to facilitate reconstruction efforts.

The areas of cooperation include agricultural expansion, humanitarian situation improvement, biotechnology and industrial development, information technology, governance enhancement, and anti-corruption measures.

This initiative comes ahead of the second anniversary of the war between Russia and Ukraine on February 24, at a time when concerns are growing about diminishing Western military support for Ukraine.

In January, Tokyo announced a $37 million contribution to a NATO fund to provide additional support for Ukraine, including drone detection systems, highlighting Japan's commitment to supporting Ukraine within the limits of its pacifist constitution.