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No longer top dog, Japan languishes at fifth place in foreign aid

Tokyo was biggest giver back in the '90s, when China was still a recipient

A Japan Disaster Relief team member moves supplies upon arriving at the destroyed airport after Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines in 2013.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan doled out more foreign aid than other countries in the 1990s but now ranks only fifth, partly on the ending of assistance to China.

Official development assistance by Japan totaled $13.6 billion in 2020, up 17% on the year. But its share of the overall amount provided by members of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shrank to 8% from the 1990 figure of 17%.

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