Japan pledges $1.5 billion for refugees crisis

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan says it is providing $1.5 billion for assistance of refugees and stabilization of communities facing upheaval in the Middle East and Africa.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the aid Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly.

Abe said Japan is providing $810 million this year for emergency assistance of refugees and internally displaced persons from Syria and Iraq, triple what it gave last year.

He said Japan is preparing about $750 million more “to help build peace” Middle East and Africa, including aid for water supply and sewage systems in Iraq.