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Vol 1 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2008

The Yokohama summit

As Tokyo plays host to African and world leaders this year, politicians try to reform the bureaucracy and boost aid again

Japan is launching major changes in its diplomatic and development strategy this year, coinciding with Yokohama's hosting of the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) from 28-30 May and the G8 summit in Hokkaido from 7-9 July. Tokyo is reorganising its government ministries and agencies, and plans to double aid to Africa to US$4 billion although there is some dispute about the baseline calculations.

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