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Japan Pledges ¥10 Billion to Aid Myanmar’s Ethnic Minorities

The Japanese government recently pledged to provide ¥10 billion in aid to support peacebuilding efforts in Myanmar between the central government and armed ethnic minority groups. Food and medicine will be distributed to areas affected by armed conflict.

Japanese Efforts Continue to End Discrimination Against Leprosy

The global campaign to eliminate leprosy has made great progress, but prejudice against those affected by the disease persists. Sasakawa Yōhei, the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has recently called attention to discriminatory statements and depictions regarding the disease.

The New Palestinian Prime Minister Looks Ahead

Just days after taking the helm as the new Palestinian prime minister, Dr. Rami Hamdallah met the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Sasakawa Yōhei, in Palestine. On June 11, the two discussed the Palestinian situation and how Japan can provide assistance.

Delegation of Myanmar’s Ethnic Minority Groups Visits Prime Minister Abe

Members of the United Nationalities Federal Council, a coalition of 11 of the armed ethnic minority groups in Myanmar, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on April 2, 2013. This was the first meeting of its kind between UNFC members and a Japanese prime minister.

Nippon Foundation Conference Raises Hopes for Peace in Myanmar

A major step toward resolving issues related to Myanmar’s ethnic minorities was made at a Nippon Foundation–led conference in mid-October 2012. The event, attended by a 20-member delegation of an alliance of armed ethnic minority groups, unveiled a humanitarian aid plan to assist internally displaced persons in Myanmar. The plan is part of the larger peacebuilding effort in the country, which is vital to the fate of its fledgling democracy.

WANA Forum: The Coming Arab Economic Development StoryMassoud Hayoun

Washington DC-based journalist Massoud Hayoun offers his reflections on attending the 2012 WANA Forum held in Amman, Jordan. From his perspective as an Arab-American, he emphasizes the need for the Arab diaspora to play an active role in encouraging growth in the Middle East and North Africa and for the region to learn from the success of Asia.

Toward Greater Human Responsibilities and Rights

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal has for many years facilitated understanding between the various nations that make up the region of West Asia and North Africa . At the 2012 WANA Forum, held in his native Jordan, he sat down with former Japanese diplomat Nishimura Mutsuyoshi to discuss the problems and potential of the region.

The Road to True Democracy in Myanmar

Myanmar’s recent progress toward democracy has been remarkable, attracting media coverage around the world. But the country still has some major hurdles to overcome, most notably the ongoing armed conflicts between ethnic minority groups and the central government. Sasakawa Yōhei, recently appointed Japan’s ambassador for the welfare of ethnic minorities in Myanmar, sat down for an interview with Nippon.com to discuss Myanmar’s ethnic strife and ways to facilitate a peace settlement.

Forum 2000 (Part One)

Every year, the city of Prague hosts the Forum 2000 international conference, established to promote global dialogue on the key challenges facing human societies around the world. Last October was the fifteenth conference—and for cofounder Václav Havel, it was also the last. The democratic activist and former Czech president died in December, but his moral legacy lives on.

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