Changes and continuity in Japanese official development assistance : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Sociology at Massey University

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This paper is about Japanese official development assistance (ODA), based on document research and monitoring of media reports in the period between January and October, 2005. It analyses changes in this aspect of Japanese foreign policy since its inception in the 1950's with this analysis then used to predict what further change may be likely to result in the programme in the immediate future. Building on a conflict model of the Japanese state that treats the bureaucracy as a divided but powerful power centre, the paper argues that recent developments in Japanese society have led to a situation where the political wing of government and civil society have come to play a larger part in both the implementation of ODA and, to a lesser extent, the creation of aid policy. It concludes that the individual ministries of the bureaucracy are unlikely to transfer power to these groups without any resistance and that this resistance will hinder efforts to provide more political leadership of, and wider societal input into, the Japanese ODA programme.
Developing countries, Foreign economic relations, Economic assistance, Japanese, Loans, Japanese, Japan