Oct 27, 2013

Defense Ministry to expand military attaches in Africa to nine

Japan plans to more than quadruple its defense attaches in Africa to nine from two in fiscal 2014 to expand its coverage to nine countries on the continent. The Defense Ministry wants to strengthen its military intelligence on Africa after a hostage crisis at ...

Aug 3, 2013

Japan spikers overpower Algeria

The Japan women’s volleyball team improved to 2-0 in World Grand Prix Pool C on Saturday with a straight-sets victory over Algeria. Establishing a rhythm with a strong service game, Japan, which won the bronze medal in last summer’s London Olympics, defeated Algeria 25-10, ...

Belmoktar blew himself up in despair: Chad

Apr 16, 2013

Belmoktar blew himself up in despair: Chad

Moktar Belmoktar, a one-eyed Islamist militant leader who Chad claimed was killed in Mali last month, died by setting off explosives “in despair” over the death of one of his comrades, Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, said in an interview. “We have proof of his ...

Feb 22, 2013

Algeria crisis won't affect investment, analyst assures

Nicolas Clavel, portfolio manager at commodities fund Scipion Capital Ltd., is brushing aside worries about impacts on investment in Africa from last month’s terrorist attack on a natural gas complex in Algeria. “In terms of investment in Africa, I don’t essentially think that there ...

Feb 8, 2013

Firms put N. Africa projects on hold

North African countries have been a magnet for Western and Japanese businesses thanks to sizeable gas and oil deposits, proximity to the European market and the potential of their internal markets driven by young, growing populations. Some firms, however, are re-evaluating the benefits versus ...

Naming slain captives raises privacy issues

Jan 25, 2013

Naming slain captives raises privacy issues


The victims’ right to privacy was pitted against the public’s right to know as the media pressed for the names of the Algerian hostage crisis victims to be disclosed while the government and JGC Corp. remained tight-lipped, but Tokyo finally caved Friday, revealing the ...

Jan 25, 2013

Japan's toll highest in hostage crisis

Japanese nationals accounted for the largest number of foreign hostages killed during last week’s dramatic standoff with Islamic militants in southeastern Algeria, with Tokyo confirming the 10th victim Thursday. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday that 37 hostages from eight overseas countries were ...