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Kishida pledges food aid to Africa 

Mainichi wrote that on Monday in Elmau, Germany, Prime Minister Kishida told South African President Ramaphosa that Japan will provide food assistance to African countries that are suffering a serious food crisis as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. President Ramaphosa reportedly expressed gratitude for Japan’s food assistance by saying that the war in Ukraine has exposed the vulnerability….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

Focus: Spotlight on climate impact in Africa ahead of Japan-led confab

By Takaki Tominaga   TOKYO – The impact of climate change in Africa is drawing attention leading up to an international conference led by the Japanese government, as part of multiple crises the continent is facing along with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.   Scientists have warned that Africa is likely to be hit the hardest by the catastrophic….Read more

  • June 12, 2022
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Kishida to attend international development conference in Africa

According to Saturday’s Yomiuri, Prime Minister Kishida will travel to Tunisia in late August to participate in the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8).


Japan extends SDF dispatch to U.N. mission in S. Sudan for 1 yr

TOKYO — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved the extension of a Self-Defense Forces personnel dispatch to the U.N. peacekeeping operation in South Sudan by another year beyond its May 31 expiration date.   The decision followed the adoption of a resolution at the U.N. Security Council in March that extended the mandate of the U.N. Mission in the Republic of….Read more

  • May 20, 2022
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Kishida pledges $200 million to help produce COVID-19 vaccines in Africa 

Nikkei and Yomiuri reported that in a message to an online coronavirus vaccine summit sponsored by the USG on Thursday, Prime Minister Kishida announced that Japan will contribute $200 million to support the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and other drugs in Africa. “Japan will take the lead in promoting vaccination around the globe,” said the premier, adding that the nation’s….Read more


Japan names Misawa as new ambassador to Tanzania

TOKYO — The Japanese government on Friday named Yasushi Misawa as its new ambassador to Tanzania, effective next Tuesday.   A graduate of Kyoto University, Misawa, 60, joined the Foreign Ministry in 1985 and served twice as minister at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin. He is also a former consul general in Honolulu.

  • April 15, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japan, Africa share view on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)–Japan and African nations shared a view on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a two-day online ministerial meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, that closed Sunday.   “African nations expressed concerns, and a common view was established on the need for international cooperation,” Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters after….Read more

  • March 28, 2022
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Japan vows to boost post-COVID development cooperation with Africa

TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Sunday he pledged to boost post-COVID era development cooperation with nations in Africa, where China’s clout has been growing, as a two-day virtual meeting with his African counterparts closed.   Hayashi said he and representatives from about 50 African countries also shared the importance of transparent and fair development financing amid concerns about Beijing’s “debt….Read more

  • March 27, 2022
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Japan to host virtual ministerial meeting of TICAD on March 26-27

At a March 22 press conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hayashi Yoshimasa announced that Japan will hold a ministerial meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) online on March 26-27. “We will present a path to African development looking ahead past the post-COVID 19 era,” he noted. At the ministerial session, participants will affirm their coordination toward….Read more

  • March 23, 2022
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Gov’t to assist Africa in procuring vaccines

The government will offer financial support to help African nations procure COVID-19 vaccines. It will provide trade insurance for the 20 billion yen that Japanese banks will lend to local banks that are funding [vaccine] procurement. If the funds Japanese banks loan to African banks become uncollectible, the government will compensate the Japanese banks for the loans. Tokyo is helping….Read more

  • March 17, 2022
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