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.
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