May 5, 2014

African nations assured of continued flow of aid

Japan told foreign ministers and senior officials from about 50 African countries on Sunday that it will continue to arrange for ¥3.2 trillion ($32 billion) in aid to flow into the continent over the five-year period ending in 2017. With the public and private ...

Serious business: Abe visits Mideast, Africa

Jan 9, 2014

Serious business: Abe visits Mideast, Africa

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Thursday for a weeklong tour of four Middle East and African countries, his first overseas trip this year. The visit to Oman and the three African countries of Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia is part of Abe’s strategic diplomacy ...

Concern mounts over agricultural aid in Mozambique

Jun 5, 2013

Concern mounts over agricultural aid in Mozambique

While Japan advocated investment and private sector-led growth in Africa at the big aid conference this weekend, concern mounted among citizens’ groups that an agriculture project in Mozambique that Tokyo is pushing as one of its key projects in Africa, may end up depriving ...

2,000 attend Africa resources confab

May 17, 2013

2,000 attend Africa resources confab

A two-day meeting to discuss how to utilize African natural resources started in Tokyo on Thursday, with around 2,000 people, including natural resources ministers from 15 African nations, attending. At the Japan Sustainable Mining, Investment and Technology Business Forum, or J-SUMIT, the African ministers ...

TICAD to redefine Japan aid to Africa

May 9, 2013

TICAD to redefine Japan aid to Africa

by Jun Hongo

When the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development was held 20 years ago, circumstances in Japan and Africa were vastly different than they are today. Japan, despite the implosion of the bubble economy by 1993, was still the second-largest economy and the biggest ...