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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
  • , Jiji Press , 12:00 a.m.
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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
  • , Kyodo News , 11:56 p.m.
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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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TICAD to be held in Tunisia in August

All national papers reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno announced on Tuesday that the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) will be held in Tunisia on Aug. 27 and 28. The papers said Prime Minister Kishida is expected to attend the meeting.

  • February 9, 2022
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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
  • JMH Translation

SCIENCE > Health

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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SCIENCE > Health

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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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

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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