Jul 9 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai received an honorary degree in sports science from a Japanese university and meets with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to discuss rebuilding security and the economy in Afghanistan. Earlier Monday, Karzai received an honorary degree in sports science from a Japanese university for his efforts to promote peace through sports. During the ceremony, Karzai expressed his gratitude to Japan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI SAYING: "I was last year very pleasantly surprised with admiration of Japan's decision to continue to support Afghanistan with billions of dollars even after it was struck with the very unfortunate earthquake and tsunami." Over the weekend, representatives from about 80 countries and international aid organizations gathered in Tokyo, pledging to give Afghanistan 16 billion U.S. dollars in aid over the next four years as they seek to prevent it from sliding back into chaos when foreign troops leave. Japan has pledged a maximum of 3 billion dollars over five years starting from 2012. Sarah Sheffer, Reuters