Japanese official development assistance (ODA) has been used over many years for building infrastructure in Asia, which in turn has helped Asian countries with their economic development. Now, as economic ties are strengthening among Asian countries, Japan is moving to spread the "economic corridor" concept from the Mekong region to all parts of Asia. The Japan Journal reports on how Japan is assisting with both "hard" and "soft" infrastructure-building throughout Asia.
For many the word "pirates" may conjure up a fictional world of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island or the recent blockbuster series Pirates of the Caribbean. But piracy is a present-day reality, with frequent incidents resulting in loss, damage and injury. Japan is acting together with others in the international community to resolve this dangerous situation. The Japan Journal reports.