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Japan’s Chequebook Diplomacy In Africa Lacks Sincerity

AFRICANGLOBE - Japan's attempt at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in late August to politicize the so-called Japan-Africa summit cannot convince Africa of its sincerity in offering help. Japan wants to secure African support for its intended entry into the UN Security Council. Africa's oil is another target of Japan's after an earthquake forced the closure of the Fukushima nuclear station.

Ethiopia Should Leave Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - In the 1870s Japanese public intellectual Yukichi Fukuzawa shocked his audience by stating that he thought Japan should leave poor Asia and join the modern world. Japan in those days was going through a phase of rapid change, which would eventually lead to Japan becoming a modern nation and the leading nation in Asia.

Nigerian Student Solves Unsolvable Math Puzzle, Achieves Highest Grades At Japan...

AFRICANGLOBE - A Nigerian student achieved the highest grades at a university in Japan for 50 years and solved a maths puzzle in his first semester that was unsolvable. Ufot Ekong, who studied at Tokai University in Tokyo, achieved a first class degree in electrical engineering and scored the best marks at the university since 1965.

Black ‘Miss Japan’ Is Using Her Fame To Fight Racism

AFRICANGLOBE - Ariana Miyamoto entered the Miss Universe Japan beauty contest after a mixed-race friend committed suicide. And she endured abuse after winning the crown because of her skin colour. Far from being put off by the backlash, Miyamoto resolved to use her new-found fame to help fight racial prejudice -- in much the same way British supermodel Naomi Campbell broke down cultural barriers in the fashion industry a generation ago.

Half-Black Woman Named Miss Universe Japan—Stirs Reaction

AFRICANGLOBE - Apparently Black is also beautiful in Japan, despite the nation’s reputation for a lack of diversity. Ariana Miyamoto, daughter of a Japanese mother and African-American father, recently became the first multiracial contestant to be crowned Miss Universe Japan, according to news reports. The former Miss Nagasaki will represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.

We Will Never Kneel To The West – Robert Mugabe

AFRICANGLOBE - “We don’t want a system that reduces us to labourers, no, we want to be participants in our economy; to be owners of our economy, to assert that the natural resources are ours, they’re our worth and they should be developed with assistance yes, but assistance that does not reduce us into semi-slavery,”

Japan Takes On China Far From Home—In Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - After rattling its saber in a territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, Japan is taking its rivalry with China to Africa

Japan To Invest $32bn In Resource-Rich Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - Japan has promised financial assistance to resource-rich African nations totalling $32 billion for investment in infrastructure and mineral resource development, in its bid to get its share in the new economic scramble for African markets and resources.

France, Japan Form Alliance Targeting Chinese Influence In Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - Paris and Tokyo agreed to set up a joint committee to discuss the development of military equipment and management of weapons exports. Japan is reportedly interested in particular in French military technology such as next-generation helicopters, submarine propulsion and underwater drones.

Between China And Japan, A Tug-Of-War Over Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - Diplomatic tensions between China and Japan showed no signs of abating this past week as the two countries traded barbs over Africa. On Thursday, Lu Shaye, head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s African affairs department, defended China’s engagement in the continent. China is “sincere,” Mr. Lu said, “unlike some countries” that he said are driven by self-interest and politics.

China – Japan Acrimony Spills Over Into Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - A day after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the African Union (AU) and pledged loans worth $2 billion over five years as private sector assistance to the continent, China’s Ambassador to the AU, Xie Xiaoyan, described Mr. Abe as “the biggest troublemaker in Asia.”

Africa: The G20 and the Struggle for Global Influence

At a recent meeting of G20 think tanks in Beijing, participants noted that if the G20 countries wished to build on their collective success in the management of the global financial crisis, they needed to focus on global trade and finance reform - matters that cut to the core of global economic governance.

Foreign Direct Investment to Ethiopia Second Best in Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - Japan says the fact that Ethiopia achieves 1 billion dollar Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flow in to the country shows how focused the government is to develop the sector.

How Could Japan Offer $32billion In Aid To Africa?

AFRICANGLOBE - Here in 2013, if Japan can donate even $50m to Africa after the Fukushima disaster, then African leaders as a whole must bow down their heads in shame! As far as I am concerned, the recent and current African leaders have failed their people and I feel so disappointed about that.

Japanese Mayor Says Wartime Sex Slaves Necessary

AFRICANGLOBE - The Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers, an outspoken nationalist Japanese mayor has said.

Tokyo Pushes Africa’s Private Sector

Driven by demand from its African trading partners, the Japanese government is looking for new ways to get the private sector involved in its...