Bangladesh's Nobel Peace Prize winner is calling on Japan to donate more development aid directly to the world's poor.
During a visit to Tokyo on Wednesday, Muhammad Yunus said he hopes the recognition he got as the founder of the Grameen Bank for the poor in Bangladesh will prod Japan to lead the way in giving more aid to the poor.
Yunus also says he would like to collaborate with Japanese corporations to start social business enterprises in developing nations.
The American-educated economist is in Japan to attend the annual board meeting for the United Nations Foundation.
Yunus and the Grameen (Rural) Bank he founded won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for grassroots efforts to lift millions out of poverty through small loans known as microfinance.