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JCG sends staff to support patrolling mission off Djibouti coast

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has dispatched the Mobile Cooperation Team (MCT), an organization dedicated to supporting maritime safety organization overseas, to the eastern African nation of Djibouti. The MCT is composed of three officers who usually work at the JCG’s headquarters in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. They will perform their mission and then return to Japan on Jan. 30. (Abridged)

  • January 11, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 25
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Japan to donate 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa 

Nikkei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida will announce Japan’s pledge to donate to African countries 10 million doses of AstraZeneca-made COVID-19 vaccines at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit to be held on Dec. 7-8. Kishida will also announce Japan’s plan to provide $2.8 billion in aid over three years to developing nations to help them overcome food shortages. According….Read more

  • December 7, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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GOJ to deny foreign resident re-entry from ten nations and regions due to Omicron

NHK and Fuji TV reported at noon that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno announced today that the GOJ has decided to refuse the re-entry of foreigners with residency status from South Africa and nine other nations in principle starting on Thursday as part of enhanced border control measures against the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Matsuno reportedly told the press: “We have….Read more

  • December 1, 2021
  • , Fuji TV
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Japan urges its nationals to leave Ethiopia

At a press conference on Nov. 29, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu said there are about 40 Japanese nationals (excluding Embassy staff) in Ethiopia as of Nov. 26. In light of the growing conflict there, the Japanese government is urging Japanese nationals to leave the country as soon as possible. No information that Japanese have fallen victim to the conflict….Read more

  • November 30, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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GOJ sends team to Djibouti to collect information on Ethiopia

All national papers reported on Sunday that Prime Minister Kishida said on Saturday that the Japanese government sent an investigative team comprising SDF personnel and MOFA and MOD officials to Djibouti on Friday to assess the situation of Ethiopia, where conflict between the military and the rebel forces is intensifying. Yomiuri wrote that the U.S. and European nations are calling….Read more

  • November 28, 2021
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Gambian honorary consul general is also restaurant proprietress

Bintou Kujabi Jallow is the owner of a Nagoya restaurant that serves the cuisine of the Republic of the Gambia, her home country. But her “true work” is as Gambia’s honorary consul general. Bintou says that she opened a restaurant because she “cannot support Gambians in need just through her work as honorary consul general because it is unpaid.”  ….Read more

  • November 4, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 20
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JICA invests $2.5 mil. in fly-based sanitation startup in Nairobi

TOKYO – The Japan International Cooperation Agency has invested $2.5 million in a U.S. startup in Nairobi that uses flies to process biowaste in an initiative to help address the city’s growing sanitation needs and also help farmers across Kenya produce more crops with fertilizer produced as a byproduct.   Sanergy Inc. uses a “circular economy” approach — collecting excrement….Read more

  • October 10, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:04 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Gov’t to provide public health assistance to emerging and developing nations

At a press conference held on Sept. 14, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Inoue Shinji announced the key points of “global health strategies” to establish a public health system in emerging and developing countries. The government has selected India, Vietnam, and Ghana as assistance recipients.   In light of the spread of COVID-19, Japan will provide the….Read more

  • September 15, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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22% felt affinity with China in 2020, a drop from 79% in 1980

The government conducts a public opinion poll that asks respondents how close they feel to various countries and regions around the world. In 1980, 79% of respondents said they felt an affinity with China, but 40 years later, in 2020, only 22% – one quarter of the earlier figure – said they felt close to China.   These figures come….Read more


As Tesla eyes entry, Daikin’s ‘pay-per-day’ AC takes off in Africa

KOSUKE TOSHI and TATSURO MIYAZUMI, Nikkei staff writers   OSAKA — Japan’s Daikin has kicked off an air conditioning “subscription” service in Africa that let’s users turn on the AC — only on days they need it — through a smartphone app.   With no need to purchase the machine itself, users pay an initial installation fee of around $77 and roughly….Read more

  • August 29, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:48 a.m.
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