Japan splits with Bush, to boost aid for Africa

n a rare break with the United States, Japan reaffirmed Thursday that it would join Britain in increasing its aid to Africa, a major proposal on the agenda for a summit meeting of the Group of 8 nations next month in Scotland.

The Japanese prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, has promised “that Japan will double assistance to Africa in three years time,” Hatsuhisa Takashima, a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said here Thursday. Full Story


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