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Issues & Insights Vol. 03 – No. 04

Japan’s foreign aid program in general, and its assistance to Indonesia in particular, can serve to enhance or undercut the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship, depending on how effectively it is managed. To ensure a positive outcome, the two countries must recognize and carefully manage unavoidable differences in their respective policies. Promoting cooperation and acknowledging these differences can enhance the comprehensive bilateral relationship and maximize their respective efforts to assist Jakarta during a time of extreme need.