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MOFA seeks to open additional posts, including three in Africa

  • August 26, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

During a [foreign affairs] division meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reported that it will make a request for funding in FY 2017 budget for opening additional diplomatic posts, including a mission to the Permanent Delegation to the African Union (AU). Three out of nine new posts will be in African countries where China has already opened embassies.


Africa as a whole wields considerable power in the United Nation’s General Assembly, where it has a quarter of the total votes. MOFA aims to strengthen ties with the African nations ahead of negotiations in the UN on Japan’s becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Three new locations of the diplomatic posts in Africa are the AU, the State of Eritrea, and Seychelles. If approved, the number of Japanese embassies in Africa will increase to 37. Japan still lacks representation in 17 countries, in 14 of which there is already a Chinese embassy.



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