Sunday’s Asahi reported that PM Abe and the leaders of 54 African nations will assemble in Nairobi in late August for the sixth round of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). The GOJ-initiated economic conference will be held in Africa for the first time to counter China’s active diplomatic and economic advancement there. The GOJ also plans to increase the frequency of the conference from every five years to every three years.
In a related development, Monday’s Mainichi wrote that Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takisawa held talks with Egyptian President el-Sisi in Cairo on Aug. 21 and called for Egypt’s cooperation for TICAD. Takizawa delivered a letter from Prime Minister Abe to the Egyptian leader calling for his participation in the African development conference. El-Sisi responded by saying he will make a final decision by carefully examining the situation in the region.