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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan and China woo Africa in dueling diplomatic blitz

MASAYA KATO, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan and China have intensified their diplomatic efforts in Africa, looking to maintain a political foothold on the continent in a post-coronavirus world with a new U.S. administration.   Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi returned home Thursday after touring Senegal and Kenya, as well as five Latin American countries. This was his second….Read more

  • January 15, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 8:02 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Foreign Minister Motegi strives to demonstrate Japan’s presence in Latin America, Africa

Mainichi wrote that during his recent tour of seven nations in Latin America and Africa, Foreign Minister Motegi tried to raise Japan’s presence in the regions to counter China’s growing influence there. During an online press conference from Kenya on Wednesday, Motegi stressed the results of his trip by saying that he received a warm welcome from those nations. The….Read more

  • January 15, 2021
  • , Mainichi
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Foreign Minister Motegi cancels visit to Nigeria 

Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi, who is currently on an eight-nation tour of Latin America and Africa, has decided to not visit Nigeria following the finding that a traveler from the African country has tested positive for a new variant of the novel coronavirus upon arrival in Japan. According to Tuesday’s papers, Motegi held talks with his Senegalese counterpart in Dakar on Sunday and they agreed on mutual cooperation to make the TICAD….Read more

  • January 9, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

China shores up support in Africa as it braces for Biden

TSUKASA HADANO, Nikkei staff writer   BEIJING — Every year since 1991, China’s foreign minister has chosen Africa for the first overseas trip of the year, symbolizing the importance Beijing places on its partnerships there.   Despite cutting back on international travel recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Minister Wang Yi is carrying on the tradition, embarking on a….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Motegi to visit Latin America and Africa

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is set to visit Latin American and African countries to promote a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” which is pursued by Japan.   From January 4 to 14, Motegi will visit eight countries. In Latin America they are Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. In Africa, they are Senegal, Nigeria, and Kenya.   The foreign minister….Read more

  • January 4, 2021
  • , NHK WORLD , 5:10 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

FM Motegi to visit Latin America, Africa from Jan. 4 to 14 

NHK reported this morning that Foreign Minister Motegi will visit Latin America and Africa to promote the importance of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and strengthen cooperation to maintain and expand the rules-based international order. According to the network, from Jan. 4 to 14, Motegi will visit eight countries: Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Senegal, Nigeria, and Kenya.  

  • January 4, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Foreign Minister Motegi to visit Africa, Latin America 

The Saturday editions of all national papers except Asahi took up the announcement made by Foreign Minister Motegi on Friday that he will depart Japan on Jan. 4 for an eight-nation trip to Latin America and Africa. The trip is reportedly intended to strengthen economic bonds and confirm mutual cooperation for the creation of a free and open Indo-Pacific. His itinerary includes visits to Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Kenya.….Read more

  • December 26, 2020
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Japan’s MUFG lends $520m to help Africa fight COVID-19

SHIKO UEDA and TAKASHI TSUJI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Japanese megabank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group will extend $520 million in government-backed loans to assist African nations in combating the COVID-19 epidemic.   The government’s Nippon Export and Investment Insurance will guarantee 90% of the loans, which will be distributed to eight countries, including Egypt, Ghana and South Africa. The….Read more

  • December 22, 2020
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:43 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Foreign Minister Motegi visits 16 countries amid COVID-19 pandemic 

Asahi wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi has visited a total of 16 nations in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa since this summer despite difficulties in holding in-person meetings with his foreign counterparts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper speculated that Motegi visited these nations and stressed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific with China’s growing international presence in mind. The paper speculated that the tug of war between Japan and….Read more

  • December 16, 2020
  • , Asahi
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INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

Japan to provide financial support to Saudi Arabia, Africa through trade insurance  

Nikkei wrote that Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), a state-owned export credit agency that provides insurance to cover political and commercial risks that cannot be covered by private insurance, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the finance ministry of Saudi Arabia on its plan to provide loans worth one to three billion dollars to the country. The paper speculated that the plan….Read more

  • December 16, 2020
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