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Japan pledges $720 mil for Afghan reconstruction at int'l conference

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Japan wants its share of Afghanistan's resources.

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You know, despite the economic slowdown because of the pandemic, I’m glad that Japan and other nations are doing this. Because as bad as we may have it, Afghans have it much worse, believe you me. I mean, at least when you get on a bus or something, you don’t have to worry about it being blown up. Or if you drive, you don’t have to worry about insurgents or whoever.

Plus, Japan is not stepping aside, and letting China alone have even more influence around the world. So that’s an added bonus as well.

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Where does this money come from?

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Wait. The money can be better spent at home for COVID-19 preventions and to help small businesses ride out the pandemic induced recession.

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JCosplayToday  06:51 am JST

You know, despite the economic slowdown because of the pandemic, I’m glad that Japan and other nations are doing this. Because as bad as we may have it, Afghans have it much worse, believe you me. I mean, at least when you get on a bus or something, you don’t have to worry about it being blown up. Or if you drive, you don’t have to worry about insurgents or whoever.

Plus, Japan is not stepping aside, and letting China alone have even more influence around the world. So that’s an added bonus as well.

Plus it will give the government more opportunities to syphon more taxpayers cash to J-Inc. as well.

i wonder how contracts MHI and IHI will get?

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Poppy fields...

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The money comes from Japanese Citizens!

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This money comes from our taxes. We have folks still living in temporary housing after the Tohoku earthquake. These aren’t even loans, they seem to be outright grants. The only “return” we’ll get are the construction contracts. How pathetic.

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There will be no peace in Afghanistan until the Taliban are destroyed, so save you cash Japan.

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Meanwhile, tens of thousands of small businesses and restaurants go into bankruptcy in Japan due to the COVID outbreak.

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Great idea - not like people in japan need any support.

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Japan has provided some $6.8 billion over the period between the collapse of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan in 2001 and this month, according to its Foreign Ministry.

And adding another $720 million is going to make a difference? Better question. Can anyone account for the moneys already spent, and provide metrics of what percentage of that money didn't get didn't get swindled by: warlords, corrupt politicians, or thieves?

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Pledge money elsewhere while people right here are suffering.

Fix things here, first.

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I think the US and the rest of the world has spent well over $2 trillion in Afghanistan since 2001. You could have literally given every Afghan $55k and they'd be better off. Where will this $720 million go I wonder? Paying NGOs to do paper work? The Taliban still control 50% of the country. Imagine the problems all that money could have solved elsewhere.

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Not asking fir handouts from the government, just wishing the government would help me help myself by making the state controlled japan post lift its sorry ?ss and resume accepting packages for air shipment. Instead I am being bombarded with company tax, pension, health, city, car, property taxes. I guess outside PR trumps the well being of the masses.

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Good that I wasn’t asked as I would have disagreed. lol

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They don’t just send a bundle of cash... the real beneficiaries of this are Japanese companies. There will be ship loads of Toyotas, and engineering companies getting projects.

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Giving ¥80 billion to Afghanistan when small Japanese business, like restaurants and mam papa stores are going under because of the pandemic must be difficult for those people to accept and understand.

So much aid money there has simply disappeared. Billions of dollars lost.

But this is only a pledge and most countries never fully honor their pledges.

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Japan pledged some $720 million over the next four.....

Huh? Really? Japan, You have enough issues at home. How about investing 720 mil in to COVID testing and bailing out small business impacted by COVID instead of trying to impress the world with your big investments in other countries that could care less about Japan.

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Afghan reconstruction, what a waste of time. The money sent, if at all will just be taken by the corrupted, as usual. Nothing will change if you give them $1 or $720 M.

Btw Japan, aren't about to loose millions, maybe billions from the Olympics that WON'T take place next year? How about you save that cash for the people of Japan instead.

There are a TON of things here that need help first. How about building more hospitals for the pandemic. Or you know, more day care facilities to help families out first?

Get your priorities straight Japan.

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Afghanistan has relied on outside assistance for most of its national budget. But the international community is seeking to build up the country's capacity during what is often described as the "decade of transformation" from 2015 to 2024.

So this has worked so well over the last 20 years, let's do more of it.  Just tipping money down the drain.

Better off not creating these failed states than paying to "fix" them.

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What a total waste it will never be used as intended. It fuels corruption bribery and nepotism.

Give to the needy in Japan i see them every day.

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I think the US and the rest of the world has spent well over $2 trillion in Afghanistan since 2001

Isn’t it $3trillion with $1trillion unaccounted for?

a taliban peace plan will open a very profitable gold rush. China’s also waiting on the starting line.

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Apparently the cost of the Afghan "war" to date is 975 billion. https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2019/09/12/the-annual-cost-of-the-war-in-afghanistan-since-2001-infographic/?sh=28f95cf21971

The US could have bought the whole country for that! Or at least, if they had put that money into peaceful activities, building roads, hospitals, schools, etc., the Taliban would have died a natural death and Japan wouldn't be offering up this $720 million that it cannot afford.

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if they had put that money into peaceful activities, building roads, hospitals, schools, etc.

Well actually that was what it was apparently spent on. But corruption, warlords, weapons for terrorists, hotels, $50000 missiles, international meetings, blood money, mining, private contractors...

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Isn’t it easier to throw it in a nearby garbage container?

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@townsend

Japan wants its share of Afghanistan's resources.

Not sure what resources Afghanistan you’re referring to.

how about Japan spend that money on its own citizens, especially those who are struggling due to this pandemic !?

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