Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 54 | 2018

Help the Poor, Help Ourselves
Merging Individual and Collective Interests in the Official Discourse on Japanese ODA since 2000

Marco Zappa
ORCID 0000-0002-2363-4511 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
marco.zappa@unive.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/018

Submitted 16 Gen 2018
Accepted 28 Mag 2018

Abstract

Japanese ODA has attracted much attention in the last three decades. This paper aims to shed light on the intellectual evolution of the official discourse on Japanese ODA based on the analysis of two main ‘modes of thought’ at the foundation of it, namely national interest and international affiliation. Based on a detailed content analysis of official documents and public debates, the paper will take the role of institutional actors – Japanese political leaders, foreign ministers and intellectuals – into consideration. The role of such “entrepreneurs” has been crucial for shaping the current official discourse on Japanese foreign aid. The paper will argue, in fact, that the official discourse is a juxtaposition of two clashing ideas carefully shaped to enlarge the consensus (both domestic and external) toward the Japanese government’s policies.

Keywords
Japanese foreign aid. International development. Ideas. Discourse. Public policy. Sociology of knowledge.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Zappa Marco

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Help the Poor, Help Ourselves

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2385-3042/2018/001/18

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Japanese ODA has attracted much attention in the last three decades. This paper aims to shed light on the intellectual evolution of the official discourse on Japanese ODA based on the analysis of two main ‘modes of thought’ at the foundation of it, namely national interest and international affiliation. Based on a detailed content analysis of official documents and public debates, the paper will take the role of institutional actors – Japanese political leaders, foreign ministers and intellectuals – into consideration. The role of such “entrepreneurs” has been crucial for shaping the current official discourse on Japanese foreign aid. The paper will argue, in fact, that the official discourse is a juxtaposition of two clashing ideas carefully shaped to enlarge the consensus (both domestic and external) toward the Japanese government’s policies.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-06-25

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2018-01-16

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2018-05-28

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Japanese foreign aid

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International development

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Ideas

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Discourse

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Public policy

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Sociology of knowledge

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