Japan–Nepal relations

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Japan-Nepal relations

Japan

Nepal

Japan–Nepal relations are foreign relations between Japan and Nepal. Diplomatic relations were established in September 1956.[1] Japan has an embassy in Kathmandu. Nepal has an embassy in Tokyo.

History[edit]

Although formal relations were established in 1956, the cultural ties between Nepal and Japan date back to much earlier days before direct people to people contact started in 1899.[2]

Japanese assistance[edit]

Much of the aid to Nepal is delivered in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank. Japan is one of the largest aid donors to Nepal.[3][4] As of May 2009, Japan has provided the following level of financial assistance and donations to Nepal:[1]

  • Loans: 58.4 billion yen
  • Grants: 13.6 billion yen
  • Technical Cooperation: 42.6 billion yen

Examples of Japanese assistance include:

  • Japan has offered a loan of up to 5,494 million yen for the construction of the Mahankal-Melamchi water treatment plant, thereby providing the people of Kathmandu with a pure and plentiful water supply.[5]
  • In 2004, Japan committed a loan of USD160 million (50% of total foreign assistance to the project) for Nepal's biggest hydroelectric project called Kaligandaki "A"[6]
  • In 2004, Japan agreed to write off a loan of about $200m to Nepal, which was used to fund development projects. The money was to be diverted to poverty alleviation schemes.[4]
  • In 2007, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank and the Dutch Government, Japan provided USD600,000 to develop the water supply and sanitation sector in small towns in Nepal.[7]
  • In 2008, Japan granted USD750,000 to assist Nepal in preparing a project design to improve the quality of air transport services.[8]

Defence[edit]

In 2007, Japan sent self-defence troops to Nepal as part of a United Nations mission to help implement a peace agreement.[9]

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