Japan offers $100 million to ease food crisis

Government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura annouced that Japan will donate $100 millions to the UN's Food Program and that Japan will consider further assistance.


Japan will donate 100 million dollars in emergency aid to help poor countries cope with spiralling food prices, chief government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura said Friday.

Japan has pledged to put the food crisis on the agenda when it hosts the annual summit of the Group of Eight rich nations in July.

"As an emergency measure, Japan has decided to provide 100 million dollars in food assistance," Machimura told a news conference.

He said Japan would provide $50 million next month through the UN's World Food Program, mostly to countries in Africa, and contribute another 50 million within three months.

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