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Vol 3 (AAC) No 3

Published 1st January 2010


How to manage expectations

The newish government has focused more on domestic policy but has promised to honour the previous government’s pledges to Africa

When Premier Yukio Hatoyama and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in September 2009 promising to focus on domestic issues and budget cutting, African countries feared that overseas development assistance would be among the first targets. Hatoyama’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September sought to assuage such fears, saying that ‘the new Japan will not turn its back on such challenges.’

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