Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is providing financial assistance to Tajikistan for border management with Afghanistan, as stated by the United Nations Development Program in Tajikistan.
According to the Central Asia Times Magazine, the project, initiated in 2015 and set to continue until 2025, aims to secure the Tajik-Afghan border, curb drug trafficking, and enhance cross-border trade.
Japan’s contributions, amounting to tens of millions of dollars through the United Nations Development Program, support Tajikistan’s development goals.
Toshihiro Aiki, Japan’s ambassador to Tajikistan, highlighted Japan’s support in light of the evolving political landscape across Eurasia.
This assistance is also intended to help Tajikistan mitigate the impact of drug trafficking from Afghanistan. However, the Taliban claims that drug cultivation and trafficking in Afghanistan have ceased.