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Vol 2 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2009

Africa slips down the foreign policy agenda

After its regime change, Tokyo will focus more on China and the USA and begin a cost-cutting review of its Africa and development policy initiatives

Tokyo's pledges to double aid to Africa and offer US$4 billion in concessional loans are in question following the landslide election of the Democratic Party of Japan on 30 August. New Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, a grandson of former Premier Ichiro Hatoyama (1954-1956), appointed his cabinet on 16 September and promised a rapid economic turnaround, more social spending at home and wide-ranging reform of development aid bureaucracy.

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