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Vol 1 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2008

New regime, new policy

Japan's new government lacks the Africa credentials of its predecessor, but Premier Aso promises to reform Japan's policies

Just a day after he was elected by the Diet, Japan's new Prime Minister Taro Aso flew to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. Although he does not share the African enthusiasms and knowledge of his predecessor Yasuo Fukuda, as a former Foreign Minister and a regular at UN conferences, Aso strongly supports an activist 'development diplomacy' and speaks bluntly for a Japanese diplomat.

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