Abe pledges ¥100 billion to stabilize Sahel

Jun 3, 2013

Abe pledges ¥100 billion to stabilize Sahel

by Mizuho Aoki and Eric Johnston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to provide ¥100 billion in humanitarian and development assistance over five years to help stabilize Africa’s conflict-torn Sahel region. “The key to realizing peace and stability is the effort and will of Africa itself to solve conflicts. Japan ...

Tunisian leader touts investment opportunities

Jun 3, 2013

Tunisian leader touts investment opportunities

by Jun Hongo

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Sunday invited Japan’s businesses to invest and play a major role in his country’s transition toward democracy and a free-market economy. Speaking at a roundtable meeting with Japanese corporate executives, Marzouki, who became head of state in 2011 after ...

Projected baby boom needs immediate action

Jun 3, 2013

Projected baby boom needs immediate action

by Eric Johnston

With one-third of the world’s children in 2050 predicted to be born in Africa, the international community must invest in their parents now, not down the road, UNICEF’s executive director said in an interview with The Japan Times. “Population growth tends to diminish as ...

Jun 3, 2013

Japan to provide disaster expertise

by Jun Hongo

Japan is primed to provide its disaster prevention expertise to Africa as climate change continues to threaten sustainable growth on the continent, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday at the African aid conference. “Japan has the history and experience of fighting natural disasters,” Abe ...

Belgian, Ugandan win Noguchi prize

Jun 2, 2013

Belgian, Ugandan win Noguchi prize

by Tomohiro Osaki

Two doctors from Belgium and Uganda were awarded the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize on Saturday at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development for their great strides in helping the world combat deadly infectious diseases. Peter Piot, 64, the Belgian director of the London ...

Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

Jun 1, 2013

Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

by Tomohiro Osaki

The world may be on the verge of a historic breakthrough in the quest to eradicate infectious diseases once thought incurable, and Japan needs to be a key player, said Mark Dybul, an executive of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. ...