A most valuable contribution not only to the community of development cooperation in the world but also to academia in general for facilitating the understanding of Japan's ODA.
— Kimio Fujita, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Until the early 1960s, Japan was a recipient of ODA (official development assistance). Today, and since 1989, Japan is the largest donor of ODA in the world. For 50 of the world's developing nations, in fact, Japan is the most generous donor of development assistance.