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Japan to give Ukraine $5.5 bil, host online G7 summit plus Zelenskyy

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Please don't waste my tax money on these corrupt vassals. At least waste it in Japan as usual.

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All this money will unfortunately not replace the dead and help Ukraine in this war. Russia appears to have the upper hand and Ukraine will struggle to fend of the coming attacks.

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How about spend it helping the Japanese homeless instead?!

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It’s nice to help people in need but your people in your country need it more

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Glory to Ukraine!

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"...Japan has provided loans of more than 70 billion yen ($520 million) to Ukraine in emergency economic assistance. The country has also accepted more than 2,000 displaced Ukrainians and helped them with housing assistance, support for jobs and education."

Great to hear! Assisting your brothers and sisters is a good thing. Japan has come through once again and I am sure everyone in Japan is honored to help.

Positive news. Thank you for stepping up Japan!

When is Prime Minister going to visit Ukraine?

-14 ( +19 / -33 )

The title of the article uses the word "give". Later in the article the assistance is referred to as "financial aid". I'm sure most of the package are loans and Japanese companies will pick up some big contracts rebuilding Ukraine when the Russians leave or are chased out.

11 ( +22 / -11 )

Politicians love giving away other people's money. So where's it all coming from? Are they cutting money from other parts of the budget, or just printing it out of thin air (ie., borrowing it from the next generation)?

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Japan has provided loans of more than 70 billion yen ($520 million) to Ukraine in emergency economic assistance. The country has also accepted more than 2,000 displaced Ukrainians and helped them with housing assistance, support for jobs and education.

"New Capitalism", international edition?

Meanwhile Kishida is mulling the optimal time to announce a sales tax hike and make an ungraceful exit for the next LDP suit.

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Wakarimasen

All this money will unfortunately not replace the dead and help Ukraine in this war.

It won't replace the dead on both sides, but it will help Ukraine.

Russia appears to have the upper hand

No they don't.

and Ukraine will struggle to fend of the coming attacks.

I doubt it.

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deanzaZZRToday  07:15 am JST

The title of the article uses the word "give". Later in the article the assistance is referred to as "financial aid".

The article is actually a bit ambiguous. At the top it says "to give", but further down it says Japan has provided loans..." So this time is it a loan or a gift?

Either way, you're probably right about LDP friends doing nicely out of it at the taxpayers' expense.

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Politicians love giving away other people's money. So where's it all coming from?

It's their money too. Or are you saying the Japanese are being ruled by a foreign element and don't have an elected government of Japanese people? How deep into the conspiracy theories are you?

Are they cutting money from other parts of the budget, or just printing it out of thin air (ie., borrowing it from the next generation)?

Probably a bit of both. That's how these things work.

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The article is actually a bit ambiguous. At the top it says "to give", but further down it says Japan has provided loans..." So this time is it a loan or a gift?

Japan financial aid is often given with the requirement it be spent on Japanese companies/products. This is likely where the confusion comes from.

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StrangerlandToday  07:36 am JST

Politicians love giving away other people's money. So where's it all coming from? 

It's their money too. Or are you saying the Japanese are being ruled by a foreign element and don't have an elected government of Japanese people? How deep into the conspiracy theories are you?

It's not "their" money, they're custodians of our money, or at least they're supposed to be. Where did I say they they're being ruled by a foreign element? All I'm saying is that although they're elected by the Japanese people, they don't really give a damn about the Japanese people in general, just the ones who donate money to them and exchange favours with. That's politics everywhere, not just here.

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Algernon LaCroix

It's not "their" money, they're custodians of our money, or at least they're supposed to be. Where did I say they they're being ruled by a foreign element? All I'm saying is that although they're elected by the Japanese people, they don't really give a damn about the Japanese people in general, just the ones who donate money to them and exchange favours with. That's politics everywhere, not just here.

Except for places where they have laws that keeps money out of politics.

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It's not "their" money, they're custodians of our money, or at least they're supposed to be.

So now you're arguing they're custodians of the money, and yet your whole complaint was that they're acting as if they were custodians of the money:

Politicians love giving away other people's money.

Maybe you should figure out what it is you're angry about, so you can not argue against your own points mate.

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Wakarimasen: These moneys will be paid back. If your country support Russia they will pay the price also for being a Allie to Russia or no exports for you. Why do you think China a no shows, if the same status of sanction were imposed on China 500,000 from the engine room ( the workers) would die from starvation in the first 12 months. The West hold the upper hand will and keep pouring money into this war and it will see Russia buried along with any supporters for this invasion of Ukraine.

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Except for places where they have laws that keeps money out of politics.

Not too many of those left.

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John-San

Today 08:04 am JST

if the same status of sanction were imposed on China 500,000 from the engine room ( the workers) would die from starvation in the first 12 months. The West hold the upper hand

Hahaha, look at the device you are using to comment with, look at the tags on your clothes.

If the west tried the same with China you would be using a pencil and paper if you can find one not made in China.

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If the government has $5.5 billion for other countries.

Then we don't need a hike in our power bills or a tax hike.

So we had a 40% hike now they want another 30% to 40% in our power bills.

Apparently we have a load of money to give away so I guess the government can cover all future power bill hikes and tax hikes without the public paying.

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Yesterday, remarkably Biden was in Kyiv and made a speech with Zelensky.

The US will back Ukraine in its fight against Russia for "as long as it takes" President Joe Biden said as he made an unannounced and symbolic visit to the capital, Kyiv.

"We have every confidence you're going to continue to prevail," he said.

Mr Biden's first trip to Ukraine as president came days before the first anniversary of Russia's invasion.

He said President Putin had been "dead wrong" to think Russia could outlast Ukraine and its Western allies.

The New York Times reported that he took a 10-hour train journey from Poland to reach Kyiv.

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Very brave of Biden.

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China has been warned against supplying weapons to Russia.

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The US has given about $50 billion to Ukraine.

https://theconversation.com/us-military-spending-in-ukraine-reached-nearly-50-billion-in-2022-but-no-amount-of-money-alone-is-enough-to-end-the-war-197492

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So we had a 40% hike now they want another 30% to 40% in our power bills.

In December, my power bill was ¥27/kWh. January was ¥30/kWh. An increase of ¥3. This month, the government subsidies of 20% kick in for power and gas.

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Awesome, and thanks to the Japanese people and you Sir.

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In December, my power bill was ¥27/kWh. January was ¥30/kWh. An increase of ¥3. This month, the government subsidies of 20% kick in for power and gas.

as always, wallace brings the thread back to the cold, hard issues with laser like focus.

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@Strangerland

It's their money too. 

What?!

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Well, since Japan can't donate any weapons directly, this is the next best thing. I guess this is the Japanese political tradition. Pay others to do the real heavy lifting. At least it will help Ukraine pay for some tanks, and artillery, or free up funds for other things. Although I'd prefer it if Ukraine gave Japan a shopping list and Japan opened that cheque boo.

dagonToday 

"New Capitalism", international edition?

Of course, it is. That's why people who spend more than they receive will always be poor, and those that spend less than they receive will always be richer.

SanjinosebleedToday  07:07 am JST

How about spending it helping the Japanese homeless instead?!

If only it was so easy. Many may not want your help, for one reason or another. Some don't want a modern life of bills, taxes, my number cards, always looking to buy something, and the responsibility of a job where they have to defer to a boss. Some will want that help. But some don't.

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Well said by the other posters about the press release language of "give" in the headline. I have no idea what this money is or how the sum is calculated, but it won't be a gift.

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So you now get to join the G7 meeting to beg for money without being a member?

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dagonToday 

"New Capitalism", international edition?

Of course, it is. That's why people who spend more than they receive will always be poor, and those that spend less than they receive will always be richer.

What a lovely old chestnut "Abe234".

As if the fiscal policies of the LDP with their crony capitalism bear any relation to such fiscal prudence that is only for the peons.

Kishida and the LDP will continue to vainly curry international relevance and ties to the hegemon while exploiting the expendable human resource of the Japanese worker.

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Japan has provided loans of more than 70 billion yen ($520 million) to Ukraine in emergency economic assistance. The country has also accepted more than 2,000 displaced Ukrainians and helped them with housing assistance, support for jobs and education.

Japan does not have a good record of accepting refugees.

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It's all so tiresome...

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Bravo, Japan because It is also Ukraine’s money.

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correct headline is that japanese taxpayers will do.

no one ever asked us if we are agree to invest our taxes in UA peoples suffering and for UA oligarkhs with endless pockets!!!

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Whatever !!!!

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Poland has about 3 million Ukrainian refugees.

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That's a courageous decision.

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It’s nice to help people in need but your people in your country need it more

Actually they dont. People in a country racked with war and staving off invasion clearly need it more than people in the worlds third largest economy that has had peace for many decades. Yes there are those doing it hard in Japan as in all nations, but saying they need help more than people who's homes have been destroyed, their livelihoods destroyed, and who are in danger at every moment until this nightmare invasion ends is quite the overstatement. I am sure there are mechanisms to ensure people in Japan get food and shelter for any who need it. That will not change by giving much needed assistance to a people in crisis through no fault of their own.

No nation is perfect and none is completely corruption free, but when a nation is trying hard to change, and improve in order to qualify for EU membership, they deserve the help to continue to improve. Just expecting them to fix their own problems alone while being invaded by a bigger and stronger country is throwing them to the dogs.

Even after WWII, many nations that fought against Japan and suffered at their hands, sent aid to help feed the people and rebuild Japan. The Japanese did the grunt work but they got aid to do so. Imagine if they had received no aid, because of resentment, and there would have been a mass catastrophe of starvation. Some did die but many less than would have without aid.

So helping Ukraine is the right thing to do. Doing nothing out of selfishness is contemptible. Japan is showing it understands the big picture, and it is a good global citizen that is able to help a nation in dire need. Well done Japan!! And well done to all those who help others in need!

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5.5 billion would be the amount those 1.8 million illegal foreigners pay in consumption tax per year so really is not your money if those who claim to be your funds I hope this accountancy fact help relieve your stress of losing some pockets money because that all it is. Were J GOV has given a tax break on energy to the whole of Japan population is costing the coffers of J GOV 250 billion this year alone. Would you to give that back. Before bitting back on my opinion research these fact and when read these facts that I hope you feel miserly.

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PT,a country with third largest economies ,is less that the combined GDP of California,Texas, New York

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Like many here, I don’t get it too. Neither can money given away there into the war zone win any war, also not that one for Ukraine against Russian aggressors, nor will it help here for helping to build up a defense against a potential threat in East Asia. That’s completely out of logic on both issues.

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If it hurts the bffs Putin-Lukashenko I am all for it. The evil Putin is now threatening Poland. He must be stopped.

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Kyu,these are government that believe in Liberty Equality and Justice for All,maybe why Putin choose to threaten them,he has not threatened the US ,he threatened government that lived under Russian rules in the past

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Helping Zelenskyy only prolongs the war which means more death and destruction. There is really more harm than good in helping Zelenskyy and it doesn’t directly benefits those who are helping.

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will mark the first anniversary of the war

Will there be a second, and third, an tenth anniversary as well? The war in Syria will mark its 12th anniversary on the 15th next month. As in Ukraine, both Russia and US are fighting in that war. There should not have been even a first anniversary in Ukraine. If this war is not ended, we will have another Syria!

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I wish Japan wouldn't be dragged into this fight of the elephants!! Keeping distance and trying to be neutral would have been much better. Sorry to say that but if the war continues and expands, Japan will be the primary and legitimate target by Russian offensive and possibly by North Korea and China as well.

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Helping Zelenskyy only prolongs the war which means more death and destruction. There is really more harm than good in helping Zelenskyy and it doesn’t directly benefits those who are helping.

Helping Zelensky prolongs their freedom and sovereignty. Helping Russia prolongs the war as does giving Russia a free pass to conquer neighboring nations. There is no harm in helping Zelensky and Ukraine maintain their independence. The harm is in allowing Russia to continue its invasion.

Ukrainians will not be better off under Russian rule, they will be very much worse off. Ukraine nationalists will disappear and be murdered under Russian rule, meaning hundreds of thousands more deaths even after the war ends if Russia is successful. There are no options for Ukraine other than to continue to fight for their freedom, and to evict Russian forces from Ukraine territory, all of it. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either naive or a fool.

Anyone saying dont help Zelensky is pro Russian and in my opinion is contemptible.

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The war in Syria will mark its 12th anniversary on the 15th next month. As in Ukraine, both Russia and US are fighting in that war. There should not have been even a first anniversary in Ukraine. If this war is not ended, we will have another Syria!

No. Russia has fought Syrian opposition and some ISIS. The US has fought ISIS and some Russian mercs that were advancing on US positions and would not stop. The US has not fought Syrian forces or been directly involved in its civil conflict.

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