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Vol 2 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2009

Missing the target

Economic and political troubles at home mean that Japan is having difficulty following through on its pledges to Africa

The man who was Japanese Prime Minister in 2007-08, Yasuo Fukuda, was in Botswana on 21-22 March for the follow-up meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. Participants were there to review the Annual Progress Report and Progress Status List which Tokyo's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued last month. The List details all Japanese assistance to Africa in 2008 and the Report sums up how well this assistance has followed the Yokohama Declaration, adopted at TICAD IV (AAC Vol 1 No 7).

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