The Japanese View: With Particular Reference to the Shared Cognition Model in Asia

  • Yasutami Shimomura


This chapter deals with the features of Japan’s development assistance, highlighting the three-point concept of ‘aid, investment and trade synthesis’. As a member of OECD’s Development Assistant Committee (DAC), Japan shares with other DAC member countries certain fundamental features with regard to its aid philosophy, strategy, and practices. In other words, the manner of Japan’s aid-giving is basically in compliance with the international development regime. At the same time, as many studies in the literature point out, Japan’s aid has certain distinct differences that deviate from the mainstream in the international aid community, that is the nexus of DAC and the World Bank. One of the notable differences is the emphasis on the trinity of aid, investment and trade synthesis, and is one of the reasons why we focus on this aspect. In addition, it should be stressed that this strategy is not the linchpin of only Japan’s aid, but that it also plays an important role in China’s foreign aid, as Chapter 6 of this book shows. Moreover, other Asian donors also acknowledge the positive effect of a close linkage between aid, direct investment, and strengthening the export capacity of recipients. This implies that Asian donors, particularly Japan, China and India, share the basic trinity philosophy.


Foreign Direct Investment Industrial Estate Infrastructure Construction Development Assistant Committee Export Capacity 
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  • Yasutami Shimomura
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  1. 1.Hosei UniversityJapan

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