Japan's Official Development Assistance White Paper 2009
(4) Enhancing Policy Consultation
Japan holds close policy dialogue with developing nations and works to share mutual awareness and understanding in order to provide more effective development aid. While Japan still places emphasis on requests from developing countries from the perspective of supporting their self-help efforts, it carries out policy consultations with governmental parties from the partner country, at a stage prior to the receipt of a request. The aim of these consultations is to allow the developing countries' development policies and assistance needs to be clearly ascertained and to achieve coordination with Japan's assistance policies.