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.
How Japan's parties think about Africa, if they think about it at all
Before 1998, Japanese voters would have had some difficuty
in identifying any difference in Africa policy among the three
main parties. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ, Minshu...