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Vol 4 (AAC) No 4

Published 1st February 2011

Takeaki Matsumoto

State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

In his 27 January address at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Takeaki Matsumoto outlined three pillars of Japan’s African diplomacy: peace and stability; expanding assistance and trade; and addressing global issues. Though the economy argues against him, he assured the audience that Japan intends to double aid to Africa by 2012 (AAC Vol 4 No 3). One of the issues that concerns Japan is climate change; another is piracy in the Gulf of Aden, which hits its fishing fleet.

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