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24 Dec 2003 description
report Government of Japan

With the objective of contributing to the implementation of the project for Infectious Disease Prevention for Children in Afghanistan, the Government of Japan decided to provide 540 million yen in grant aid to UNICEF and on December 18, 2003, an exchange of notes took place in Kabul, between Mr. Kinichi Komano, Ambassador to Afghanistan on the Japanese side, and Dr.

05 Dec 2003 description
report Government of Japan
STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. KOICHI HARAGUCHI
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF JAPAN

AT THE FIFTY-EIGHTH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ON AGENDA ITEM 28 "THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN AND
ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY"
AND ITEM 40(f) "EMERGENCY INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR PEACE, NORMALCY

05 Nov 2003 description
report Government of Japan

1. Background and Significance

(1) Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. Mine clearance activity is prerequisite for its reconstruction and socio-economic development.

(2) Mines in Afghanistan have been basically cleared manually. Although manual demining increases employment opportunities for deminers, there is certain limitation of the activities, mainly because of security concerns and difficulty of access in minefields.

24 Oct 2003 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan welcomes the start of the first project in the pilot phase of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) for ex-Combatants in Afghanistan by the Transitional Administration in Afghanistan on October 24 in Kunduz.

Japan hopes that the implementation of the pilot phase in Kunduz and several other regions will lead to the main phase of DDR process as soon as possible, thereby bringing peace and stability to the country forthwith.

Japan has actively provided humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan.

03 Aug 2003 description
report Government of Japan

In order to accelerate the mine-clearing program in Afghanistan, the Government of Japan has decided to dispatch two Japanese mine-clearing experts to work with the international non-governmental organization (NGO) (Danish Demining Group (DDG)) which is now working in Afghanistan.

The two persons to be dispatched are Mr. Hiroaki Sonobe and Mr. Hidematsu Koga of the Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) (ex-members of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF)).

01 Jul 2003 description
report Government of Japan
  1. Mrs. Sadako Ogata, Prime Minister's Special Representative for Assistance to Afghanistan, will visit Afghanistan from July 5 (Sat) to 14 (Mon) to review the situation in the country and see how assistance has been implemented, and also to study how the international community should assist Afghanistan and what assistance policy Japan should take.

    2. During her stay in Afghanistan, Mrs. Ogata will have talks with those concerned in the Government of Afghanistan, international organizations such as the U.N. and major donor countries, and others.

25 Mar 2003 description
report Government of Japan

Press Conference by the Press Secretary (March 25)

(Extract)

Press Secretary Hatsuhisa Takashima: Good afternoon and thank you very much for coming to this briefing. Today I have three announcements that I would like to make.

The first announcement is about the emergency assistance to Afghanistan.

20 Mar 2003 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On March 20 (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend a total of 2,087,109.90-US dollar assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the project "Integrated Regional Information networks (IRIN) Outreach Radio Project" to be implemented in Afghanistan and nine countries in Africa by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
22 Feb 2003 description
report Government of Japan

On the occasion of the Visit to Japan of President Karzai of the Transitional Administration of Afghanistan

22 Feb 2003 description
report Government of Japan


Assistance Projects Utilizing ODA for Post-conflict Recovery and Highly Appreciated Projects with Visible Results
Second Middle East Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1. Introduction

22 Feb 2003 description
report Government of Japan

1. Participants and Purpose

(1) The Tokyo Conference on "Consolidation of Peace" (DDR) in Afghanistan, -- Change of Order "from Guns to Plows" -- was held on 22 February 2003 in Tokyo with the participation of H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Afghanistan Transitional Administration ( ATA ) , and other representatives of the ATA. H.E. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, addressed the Conference at the outset, followed by Mrs. Sadako Ogata, Japanese Prime Minister's Special Representative for Assistance to Afghanistan, and H.E.

18 Feb 2003 description
report Government of Japan

Change of Orders "from Guns to Hoes"

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold a "Tokyo Conference on "Consolidation of Peace (DDR)" in Afghanistan - Change of Orders "from Guns to Hoes"" on February 22 (Sat) in Tokyo (Imperial Hotel).

The Conference will be attended from Japan by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Sadako Ogata, Prime Minister's Special Representative for Assistance to Afghanistan, Mr.

15 Jan 2003 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On January 15 (Wed), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend the total of 1,030,000-US dollar assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the project "Adolescent Girls, Trafficking and HIV/AIDS: Strengthening Responses in South Asia" to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    2. This project will give special attention to protecting children and young girls from trafficking and exposure to HIV infection in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

06 Jan 2003 description
report Government of Japan


1. Introduction
December 5 marked the first anniversary of the historic Bonn Agreement that opened the door to peace process in Afghanistan, which had experienced war for more than two decades. In addition, one year has passed since Japan began to give special priority to the implementation of assistance to Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. On this occasion, therefore, we would like to report on the content of Japan's assistance to Afghanistan until now.