Japan pledged 600 billion yen ($7.4 billion) in development aid to support infrastructure projects in five Southeast Asian nations that share the Mekong River.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who met with the leaders of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar today in Tokyo, expressed appreciation for their self-help efforts, particularly Thailand's contributions to the development of the Mekong region through bilateral and regional frameworks, according to an official statement issued after the summit.
From left to right, Hun Sen, Cambodia's prime minister, Thongsing Thammavong, Lao's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, Japan's prime minister, Thein Sein, Myanmar's president, Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister, and Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam's prime minister, link hands during a photo session at the Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo.
From left to right, Hun Sen, Cambodia's prime minister, Thongsing Thammavong, Lao's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, Japan's prime minister, Thein Sein, Myanmar's president, Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister, and Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam's prime minister, link hands during a photo session at the Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo. Photographer: Kenichiro Seki/Pool via Bloomberg
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen committed their nations to use the Japanese aid efficiently and effectively to develop infrastructure that will contribute to economic activity and help ensure basic human needs, according to the statement.
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 is looking to build on its wildly successful all-girl group by adding a more mature member to its teen-dominated line-up, an advert released Wednesday said.
A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother in Saitama Prefecture, and who was shot by police while trying to escape in a stolen taxi on New Year's Eve, was arrested on Tuesday. (Japan Today )