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JAPAN:

Amb. Shunji Maruyama said that Japan will extend its cooperation to developing countries in the amount of US$3 billion as part of its ODA programme for the period 1994-2000. The Population Division should assume responsibility for overall coordination, while UNFPA should assume responsibility for implementing operational programmes. A substantially reinforced Population Commission should be the major expert level institution. It could be renamed the Commission on Population and Development. The current membership of 27 member States should be maintained. Japan is not convinced that UNFPA needs its own Executive Board