Indonesia, Philippines Secure Japanese Climate, Infrastructure Aid

Despite experiencing domestic challenges as it tries to recover from the devastation caused by a strong earthquake and tsunami in March, Japan continues to dole out assistance to developing countries. Among its latest recipients are Indonesia and the Philippines.

Indonesia is set to receive 62.3 billion yen ($809 million) worth of loans for the construction of five geothermal power plants, among other climate-related initiatives, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency have signed an agreement that provides 404 million Philippine pesos ($9.55 million) to a typhoon-prone province in the Southeast Asian country. The money will be used for the construction of permanent shelters for typhoon victims in the province of Albay, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.

Japan also recently announced a 4.9 billion yen loan to help eradicate polio in Pakistan. The loan was part of an agreement between Japan and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Japan was struck by a powerful earthquake and tsunami in March, which destroyed major cities and damaged a nuclear power plant. Immediately after the twin disasters, recipients of Japanese aid in Asia and Africa raised concerns the country will reduce its international aid spending to fund domestic reconstruction efforts.

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