Japan, which is under stress due to prolonged recession, has indicated its inability to extend aid to anti-poverty programmes of other Asian countries. A Japanese politician plainly told leaders of 55 Indian and Asian political parties attending anti-poverty conference in China to stop looking to Tokyo for aid any longer.
The Japanese representative said Japan is suffering from aid fatigue and "if you are looking for financing anti poverty programmes from our funds, kindly do not look at us".
This blunt response from Japan came in the face of suggestions for creating a special Asian fund for eradicating poverty at the just concluded International Conferences of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) at the southwest Chinese city of Kunming.
From India, the conference was attended by P. Muralidhar Rao of BJP, D Raja of CPI, Manish Tiwari of INC and D Devarajan of the Forward Bloc.