Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
2019 Steverson Pugh
Many countries use aid as a political tool, but Japan is unique in that foreign aid is one of its most important foreign policy tools. Drawing from literature on donor motivations for aid-giving, this paper argues that the neo-realist view of aid-giving offers the best explanation for why Japan provides aid. More specifically, Japan’s aid-giving is motivated by its pursuit of economic and strategic goals. This underlying motive for aid-giving necessarily impacts how Japan provides aid and how it uses aid to respond to human rights violations in recipient countries.
Steverson Pugh, Tiana, "Giving to Get: A Neorealist Explanation of Japan’s Foreign Aid Program" (2019). CMC Senior Theses. 2259.