Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Measures in Response to the Terrorist Attacks in the United States
October 4, 2001
Since the September 19th announcement by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of
"Japan's Measures in Response to the Terrorist Attacks in the United States,"
the Government of Japan has undertaken concerted efforts to determine what specific
steps are to be taken. In this context, Japan has decided to provide assistance
to displaced persons and emergency economic assistance for the Islamic Republic
of Pakistan as follows.
Some of these steps are to be officially decided upon at the Cabinet meeting
on October 5th.
1. Refugee Assistance
(a) Transport of Relief Materials and Refugee Assistance by the Self-Defense
Forces (To be decided upon at the October 5th Cabinet meeting)
Based on a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR), the Government of Japan will provide tents, blankets and other
materials for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. These materials are to be transported
to Pakistan by C-130H aircrafts of the Air Self-Defense Forces.
The aircrafts are scheduled to leave the Komaki Air Base on October 6th,
arrive in Pakistan on October 9th and return to the Komaki Air Base on October
(b) Assistance Through International Institutions (Not Related to the
October 5th Cabinet meeting)
On September 27th, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan issued a
Donor Alert, stating that in "the worst-case scenario" a total
of $584 million would be needed for humanitarian assistance for the next
six months. In response to that Donor Alert, the Government of Japan has
decided on the following contribution measures, to be announced at the Forum
on Afghan Refugees and Displaced Populations, which is held in Geneva by
the U.N. agencies on October 5th-6th.
(1) Japan is prepared to provide up to $120 million (approximately
14.5 billion yen), which is approximately 20% of the total funding requirements
in response to specific funding requests, with a view to supporting
the refugee assistance efforts undertaken by U.N. agencies and other
(2) As part of the above assistance, Japan will provide $6 million
(approximately 700 million yen, which is approximately 20% of the emergency
appeal ($29 million) for the coming two months by the UNHCR.
2. Delivery of Emergency Economic Assistance for Pakistan
(To be decided upon at the October 5th Cabinet meeting)
Following the September 19 announcement stated at the beginning, the Government
of Japan decided to take measures to provide emergency economic assistance for
Pakistan on September 21 in the form of 4.7 billion yen ($40 million) in bilateral
assistance (refugee assistance and emergency budgetary assistance to the needed),
official debt rescheduling, and assistance through international financial institutions.
For the quick delivery of this assistance to the needed, immediately after the
October 5th Cabinet decision, exchanges of notes concerning an Emergency budgetary
Assistance and an Official Debt Rescheduling are scheduled to take place in
Islamabad between H.E. Mr. Sadaaki Numata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and
Pakistani Minister for Finance H.E. Mr. Shaukat Aziz on the following:
(a) Bilateral Assistance
(1) Emergency budgetary Assistance
3 billion yen ($28 million) non-project grant aid
(2) Refugee Assistance
$7.5 million (approx. 800 million yen) emergency grant aid
- Additional 200 million yen will be included in Japan's $6 million provision
to the UNHCR. (1(b)(2))
- The rest of 1.7 billion yen Japan's refugee assistance is expected to
be provided as grass-root grant aid and food aid.
(b) Official Debt Rescheduling (64.6 billion yen, approx. $550 million)