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Japanese inflows in Georgian economy

2008-12-29 14:51

1/8/8/1188.jpegOn December 25 Georgia's Stationery Office welcomed Finance minister Nikolay Gilauri and Japan's ambassador Misamidu Oki signing the treaty on appropriation of a USD 13 mln grant to Georgia by the government of Japan.

This sum is just a small part of the financial aid that Japan undertook to render to Georgia in the nearest future for the development of Georgian agricultural sector. It will be remembered that on October 22 the Deputy Foreign Minister Yasutosi Nisimura mentioned the total amount of USD 200 mln.


"I'm deeply convinced - Nisimura said at the conference of Georgia's donor countries in Brussels, - that the contribution of the world community including Japan will add to prosperity of Georgia and its people and restoration of economy in the region on the whole. The money will be appropriated for reconstruction of the republic's infrastructure that was damaged in the war conflict in August 2008".

In addition to the grant for agricultural sector development Japan will donate USD 200 ths to Tbilisi State University in line with the "Cultural cooperation of the two countries" program that provides for the learning of the Japanese language in Georgia.

It was reported on Wednesday following the meeting of Japan's ambassador with the Deputy Education and Science Minister Nodar Surguladze. The same day "Novosti-Gruzia" with reference to the Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Nalbandov reported that the next year the embassy of Japan would be opened in Tbilisi.

Accordingly the ties between Tokyo and Tbilisi consolidate embracing diplomatic and practically all economic spheres of Georgia. By the amount of financing Japan ranks next to the USA. Why does the land of the rising sun display such an active interest in the Caucasian region?

At least one of the reasons seems quite probable.

The United States are Japan's main strategic partner. And it doesn't want to stay indifferent to the fact that Americans support Georgia. There are enough grounds for close cooperation between Washington and Tokyo. Suffice it to mention a reciprocal intention to hamper influence of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea over the Asian region. For this purpose two years ago the treaties on cooperation in anti-missile defense program and exchange of military technologies were endorsed between the USA and Japan. Commenting on execution of these documents politologist David Lyne from Hong Kong pointed out in his interview with "RBC daily":

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