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Japan development fund agency re-opens Ukraine office, to boost staff next year

JICA President Tanaka Akihiko during visit to Ukraine in July. (Photo by JICA)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the agency that handles development funds for the Japanese government, has re-opened its office in Ukraine, reported Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

The agency, which is administering about $1.1 billion worth of Ukrainian aid projects for the Japanese government, has been coordinating Ukrainian operations from Moldova since it left Ukraine in January of 2022 in anticipation of the full-scale Russian invasion.

Ther permanent workers of JICA, which also assists Japanese businesses in Ukraine, returned to Kyiv last week and the agency plans to increase staffing and start "full-fledged operations" from next year, the broadcaster reported, citing Matsunaga Hideki, director general of JICA's Middle East and Europe Department.

Japan has pledged a total $6.9 billion in financial and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion, according to the Ukraine Support Tracker of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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