Sustainable Development Goals and Japan: Sustainability Overshadows Poverty Reduction
The Development Cooperation Charter of Japan, which took over the ODA (Official Development Assistance) Charter in February 2015, drives Japan’s cooperation towards non-poor countries and non-poverty issues. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put Japan forward in these directions. As a result, in Japan the focus on global poverty reduction is overshadowed by its national interests and sustainability under the concept of universality, which was a core principle of the SDGs as differentiated from the Millennium Development Goals.
Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals; ODA; ODA Charter; Development Cooperation Charter; Japan; universality
JEL classification: F35, F55, O20, O53
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