An association that promotes literacy around the world is celebrating 20 years of success in Japan. Illiteracy there has been nearly eliminated with the help of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations. "We have been aware that basic education is the significant factor to enable people in the recipient nations to lead independent lives," said Chiharu Kawakami, director of the federation's education and culture division. "We have also aimed at providing programmes in line with the conditions of each region, as there are social disparities among developing countries or within a recipient nation."

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