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Japan considers exporting transportation system to Nigeria

(Nikkei: February 29, 2016 – p. 2)    The government has started looking into the possibility of exporting a Japanese transportation system to Nigeria. It will dispatch a research team there from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The team will look into whether Nigeria would be able to adopt a transportation system similar to the Yurikamome [an automated transit….Read more

  • 2016-02-29 15:00:00
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MSDF patrols to be enhanced in South China Sea

Sunday’s Yomiuri gave front-page play to a MOD plan to have an MSDF P-3C patrol plane make stopovers at bases in the Philippines, Malaysia, and/or Vietnam on its way home to Japan from Africa after participating in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia, with the goal of holding China’s pursuit of maritime interests in the South China Sea in….Read more

  • January 12, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Sixth TICAD meeting on African development to be held in Kenya in Aug 2016

(Nikkei: December 22, 2015 – p. 4)    It has been decided that the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), where the leaders of Japan and the African countries discuss economic development, will be held in Kenya in late August next year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend this meeting. The five previous TICAD meetings were held….Read more

  • 2015-12-22 15:00:00
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GSDF to deploy ninth contingent of troops to South Sudan for PKO

(Tokyo Shimbun: November 5, 2015 – p. 2)    The Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff, which is in charge of organizing joint operations by the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Forces (SDF), announced on Nov. 4 that it will deploy the ninth GSDF civil engineering unit to South Sudan for United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO). The GSDF will begin sending a….Read more

  • 2015-11-05 15:00:00
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POLITICS

Gov’t to provide grant funds aid to Sudan, Niger

(Yomiuri: September 18, 2015 – p.4)    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sept. 17 that the Japanese government will provide grant funds aid to Sudan and Niger.    The government will provide 2.32 billion yen to Sudan. Its protracted civil war has resulted in a high mortality rate for infants and pregnant women. Under the circumstances, the donation….Read more

  • 2015-09-18 15:00:00
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POLITICS

Tokyo International Conference on African Development to be held in Kenya

(Yomiuri: August 22, 2015 – p.4)    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced at a press conference on August 21 that the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) will be held in Kenya. Since 1993, Japan has held the conference in Japan every five years. This will be the first time for the conference to be held in….Read more

  • 2015-08-24 15:00:00
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POLITICS

Gov’t mulls adding rescue missions to SDF duties in S. Sudan after security bill passage

(Mainichi: July 29, 2015 – Top play)    The government has begun considering adding rescue missions to the duties of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) participating in UN peacekeeping operations (PKO) in South Sudan. It is also thinking of increasing personnel in the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) headquarters. This was revealed by several government sources. The….Read more

  • 2015-07-29 15:00:00
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POLITICS

Abe to convey his resolve to contribute to Asia at Bandung Asian-African Conference

(Yomiuri: April 14, 2015 – p. 4)    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on April 13 that he will attend a summit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 22-23.    Speaking at a liaison meeting between the government and ruling parties on the same day, he noted: “Japan has….Read more

  • 2015-04-14 15:00:00
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Movies on African-American history inspire Japanese people

Movies certainly provide us with a great deal of entertainment, but some of them also impart invaluable lessons. This spring Japanese moviegoers encountered two inspiring American films – “12 Years a Slave” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Japanese viewers who watched “12 Years a Slave” gave it the highest score (4.75 points out of 5) this week on the Internet….Read more

  • March 19, 2014
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