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Japan to give $1 bil for Sahel security, stabilization

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$14 billion aid package to Africa - of course this is all about caring for Africa,s stability and has nothing to do with buying African votes for the Tokyo Olympic bid with the international vote coming up soon. Cough....

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This is pure stupidity. 14 Billion wasted with no result at all. They might as well burn the 14 Billion. You can not fight a virulent ideology by throwing money at it. The very idea is insane.

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This is good , obviously Japan has money to throw away in Africa so there's no need now to raise consumption tax to 10% by 2015. And obviously all people displaced by the Fukushima disaster are nicely settled in their brand new homes. I was wrong then, If money can be wasted on Africa, Abenomics has obviously worked!!

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But do you think that Western aid, or Japanese aid, in Africa, are a waste? Seriously? They are strategical. The truth is that Africa doesn't need this new form of Imperialism. It needs know-how for its own development.

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Where is Abe going to get this money from needs to spend it to get Japan up and going again not to buy favours from other countries when he needs votes in his other activities.

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Is this somehow supposed to help with the domestic debt situation?

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I wonder whether road improvements from Algeria to Mali will receive Japan funding.

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10 Japanese hostages died, so they pledge $1 billion in aid? Here's a simpler solution that will save taxpayers as well as travelers. Avoid travelling to conflict areas and high-risk areas!

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"An unusual taste of Jihadist anger". Japan's connection to the US also makes it a target of Jihadists. Very generous for Africa. But Africa is very corrupt, make sure the money actually helps people and doesn't end up in some dictator's pocket. Japan should also arm itself and train for the coming confrontation with terrorists.

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More money down the drain for corruption.

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this will only encourage more terrorists attacks.

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They might as well burn the 14 Billion. You can not fight a virulent ideology by throwing money at it.

WilliB, the $14Bn is a general aid package to the continent of Africa. Of that, $1Bn is for the Sahel.

However, as a strategy, fighting ideologies is a total misnomer, guaranteed to publicize, victimize and empower those you seek to neutralize, and radicalize angry young men.

Four Irish politicians, among them previously sworn enemies, are currently in Cuba assisting the Colombian peace process with the Irish Model of conflict resolution.

It begins with parity of esteem, engages all internal and external stakeholders, and excludes no-one. It's hard work; harder than dropping bombs, casting aspersions, or typing angry prose. But it works.

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@Ron Barnes: Money;

USA owes Japan about $900 billion. Some USA politicians fear that Japan might want to get some back but some are not worrying because Japan will not want to get back as Japan did not request at Kobe crisis.

Well, we will see. Secretary of Treasure stated Japan is a rich country and he is not worrying Japan to request money to be paid.

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Abe on a speeding spree.... and it's the other people that suffer for generations...

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BigDaddyJ:

" Japan's connection to the US also makes it a target of Jihadists. "

No. Japan's status as non-islamic, Buddhist majority country alone makes it already a target of Jihadists. Note that in the Islamist world-view, Buddhists rank on par with atheists; way below Jews and Christians. No connection to the USA needed to make Japan a target for Jihadists.

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Let's hope this huge funding does not end up in the hands of terrorists. If rice and food aid cannot be allowed to be given to North Korea, lest it ends up in the mouths of tyrants, aristocrats and their kids, then I'm not too sure this massive taxpayer aid to a lawless and undemocratic region can be justified.

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Nevermind those people living in TEMPORARY shelters.

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Aid first for safety so that Japan Inc. will be able to establish their business there without worrying to be bombed or their employees killed.

The people who have been studying various subjects in foreign countries can come back, too,

It is easy to say create own technological industry and own business but you can make computer makers to export from their countries but can not make computer industry from scratch, for instance. This is where Japan Inc, enter after Japan's aid stabilize and people get school education.

Of cause native language speakers are very important and so there will be native corporations with help of Japan, Inc. It may take longer but Japan is not going to behave like it is a conquering colonist country. Maybe Japan will get these money from USA to pay for African countries> For African, this is better than USA troops all over to help them. Just my thought.

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Not really the appropriate time to be writing out "blank checks"

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Well. all Japan has to do to get money to Africa, Tohoku victims. Fukushima rehabilitation is just to collect last year's interest from USA. How much is interest for $900 billion USA owes to Japan? What is interest rate for national debts?

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I can't understand this, why can't Japan Gov undestand this? I have been watch Africans with there hand as out for 45 years on TV, where dose it all go?

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Just imagine if Nobody helps africa. in a single year there would be millions dead

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@kiyoshimukai It seems you are a lay person in Economics.I will advice you read some AID and GRANT documents.

However,i dont blame you.these idiotic and wicked gangsters called African leaders are to be blamed.

They would even go to MARS to beg,if there were people there.they would not even have the thought to think,hnw come a single country has so much money;what can I learn from them.

How can you betray and leach your own people like this.Now I know why there were so many coup d'etats in Africa.

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Abe said that in addition to the financial aid unveiled Sunday, Japan will also support the training of 2,000 people in counter-terrorism and security maintenance activities.

In Africa ? so..basically financing or arming a small military type of organization in a foreign country ?

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Citizen2012Jun. 03, 2013 - 09:11AM JST wrote

Abe said that in addition to the financial aid unveiled Sunday, Japan will also support the training of 2,000 people in counter-terrorism and security maintenance activities. In Africa ? so..basically financing or arming a small military type of organization in a foreign country ?

I have another question. Who will train 2,000 people? Are there any Japanese who know counter-terrorism? What kind of weapons to be used for training? How the money will be spent? Japan should not play in a role of a sucker there,

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Abe's adminstration seems getting rich by keeping printing Yen. Keep going, just doubt how far you will go?

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Print it !! -And they will come.

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