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JAPANESE NOW NO. 1 IN FOREIGN AID

Japan for the first time replaced the United States as the world's largest donor of official foreign aid in 1989, the Finance Ministry said today.

Japan's official development assistance payments totaled $8.95 billion. The United States was next at $7.66 billion and France third with $7.46 billion, the ministry said.

He said U.S. development aid spending declined to $7.66 billion in 1989 from $10.14 billion in 1988.

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