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Tuesday, 10th November 2009
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Japan announces aid package for Afghanistan

The Japanese government has announced that it is to give more aid to Afghanistan.

Over the next five years, the country will donate £3 billion in non-military aid to Afghanistan which is to be used to construct schools and roads.

As well as this, the money is due to be used to help clear land mines in the country, train police officers, help former Taliban soldiers who have left the group and for investment in the county's agriculture industry.

The news comes ahead of a visit to the country by US president Barack Obama, who is due to arrive in Japan on Friday (November 13th) to meet with the prime minister Yukio Hatoyama.

The cancellation by the Japanese prime minster of a trip to visit US secretary of state Hillary Clinton caused some controversy, but the Japanese government claimed the abandonment of the visit was due to scheduling issues with other engagements.

Written by Kimberley Homer.