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    Vol 4 (AAC) No 3 |

Japanese flip-flops

Struggles within the Democratic Party of Japan and also between the DPJ, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and smaller coalition parties promise more turbulent politics in Japan t...

    Vol 4 (AAC) No 3 |

Makiko Kikuta

Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

West Africa is only a recent target of Tokyo’s donor diplomacy and commercial overtures, and just last year Japan opened embassies in Mauritania and Mali. Parliamentary Vice-Minist...

    Vol 3 (AAC) No 12 |

Seiji Maehara

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Known as a ‘China hawk’, Seiji Maehara moved to the Foreign Ministry just as Japan-China relations are at a low. In September, a dispute with China over the Senkaku islands once ag...

    Vol 3 (AAC) No 11 |

Osamu Fujimura

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Japan

Since taking power in 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has struggled to distinguish itself from its long-ruling predecessor and turn around Japan's economy. In African r...

A whale's tale

Tokyo has been caught trying to bribe African countries to gain support in its quest to overturn an international ban on commercial whaling

National pride comes before a fall. Reports that Tokyo has routinely bribed at least six African countries to vote in support of its whaling policy have embarrassed the Japanese ...

Fishing for votes

Environmental campaigners such as Greenpeace have long protested about the links between voting at the International Whaling Commission and Japanese aid. That was before evidence...

Slow to let go of Hitachi

Faced with popular outcry about profiteering from electricity shortages and opaque ties between political parties and businesses, South Africa’s governing African National Congre...

    Vol 3 (AAC) No 5 |


Crown Prince, Japan

Japan’s Africa diplomacy is taking a royal turn. Crown Prince Naruhito made his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa this month. During his trip to Ghana on 7-10 March, Naruhito visit...

How to manage expectations

The newish government has focused more on domestic policy but has promised to honour the previous government’s pledges to Africa

When Premier Yukio Hatoyama and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in September 2009 promising to focus on domestic issues and budget cutting, African countries fe...

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 Augus...

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