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Editorial: Strengthen cooperation with African countries with potential through strategic diplomacy

The significance of deepening cooperation and building amicable relations with African countries with high potential is great. Japan should develop strategic diplomacy.   Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has visited four African countries — South Africa, Mozambique and Mauritius, which face the Indian Ocean, as well as Tunisia, which is close to Europe.   All of the countries he visited are….Read more

  • December 15, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 1:14 p.m.
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Japan eyes offering $289 million in loans to Mauritius after oil spill

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan is considering offering 30 billion yen ($289 million) in loans to Mauritius following a major oil spill in July off its coast caused by a Japanese freighter, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Sunday during a visit to the Indian Ocean country.   Speaking after talks with Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and Foreign Minister Nandcoomar Bodha,….Read more

  • December 14, 2020
  • , The Mainichi
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Foreign Minister Motegi wraps up African tour 

Sankei wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi returned to Tokyo last night from a four-nation African tour. When meeting with the leaders and his counterparts in Tunisia, Mozambique, South Africa, and Mauritius, he reportedly emphasized the importance of creating a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The daily said Tokyo is set to strengthen ties with African countries by playing up its commitment to respecting the rule of law and freedom of navigation and pledging….Read more

  • December 15, 2020
  • , Sankei
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Japan wins Mozambique’s support for ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’

TOKYO — Mozambique will collaborate closely with Japan to achieve a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” Foreign Minister Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo told visiting counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in the capital of Maputo on Friday as they discussed regional security and business over a roughly 90-minute meeting and working lunch.   Motegi, on his second stop of a four-nation Africa tour that….Read more

  • December 12, 2020
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:00 a.m.
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Japan, S. Africa agree to beef up post-pandemic business ties

Japan and South Africa agreed at their foreign ministers’ meeting in Pretoria on Saturday to strengthen post-pandemic business ties, with many Japanese companies looking to enter the emerging market as a key gateway to the whole African continent.   Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said in his talks with Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation, that Japanese….Read more

  • December 12, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 11:05 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Japan vows 600 mil. yen aid to Mauritius for disaster preparedness

TOKYO – Japan will extend 600 million yen ($5.76 million) in grant aid to Mauritius to help its efforts to boost disaster risk reduction, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Sunday during a visit to the African island nation.   Speaking after talks with Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and Foreign Minister Nandcoomar Bodha, Motegi said Japan will also continue assistance following….Read more

  • December 13, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 8:07 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Foreign Minister Motegi visits African nations to strengthen economic ties

Mainichi wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi is currently on a tour of four African nations aimed at strengthening economic ties with them through cooperation in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and infrastructure development. The paper speculated that the trip is also intended to promote the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific and counter China’s moves to increase its influence….Read more

  • December 11, 2020
  • , Mainichi
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Motegi likely to visit Latin America, Africa next month  

Yomiuri wrote that coordination is underway for Foreign Minister Motegi to visit Latin America and Africa in January with the goal of confirming coordination for the maintenance of an international order centered on the rule of law and freedom of navigation. His itinerary reportedly includes Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Senegal, and Nigeria. The daily added that Motegi, who is currently visiting Africa, met with his Tunisian counterpart in Tunis yesterday and agreed to increase bilateral cooperation….Read more

  • December 10, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Japan, Tunisia to cooperate in preparing Africa development confab

TOKYO — Japan and Tunisia agreed Wednesday to cooperate in preparing the North African country’s hosting of a Tokyo-led international conference on African development in 2022, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said.   “Japan and Tunisia agreed to improve (business) environments in terms of investment and tax” to strengthen the bilateral relationship, Motegi said during a press availability with Ali Nafti, Tunisia’s secretary of….Read more

  • December 9, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 10:15 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Africa

Motegi to visit Africa

Nikkei reported today that Foreign Minister Motegi will begin tomorrow a trip to the four African nations of Tunisia, Mozambique, South Africa, and Mauritius. The visits to Tunis, Maputo, and Pretoria are intended to forge closer business ties, while the top Japanese diplomat will discuss in Port Louis how to alleviate the destruction to the environment caused in the summer….Read more

  • December 7, 2020
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