Retrospective on and Prospects for Japanese Policy on Africa : Focusing on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Process

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Abstract

Today, the relationships between Africa and Japan, whether they are government-to-government or private sector, are truly wide ranging. This can be surmised by observing the number of embassies that Japan and the nations of Africa have opened in each other's countries. Just by looking at the number of agreements and treaties that have been entered into between the two, one can see that the diplomatic ties have deepened. The people of Africa live in an age of changing nation states and politics, and the political and diplomatic actors have become truly diverse. What is contemporary Africa seeking by entering into relationships with Japan? How should Japan approach the ever-changing socio-political circumstances in Africa? What common goals should they set for building future relationships? This paper attempts to answer these questions by examining the following topics: (1) charting the basic framework of Japanese diplomacy with the nations of Africa; (2) reviewing the changes in Japan's relationships with the nations of Africa during the Cold War Era; (3) examining relations between Africa and Japan in the post-Cold War period, specifically focusing on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process; and (4) considering what the common challenges are in building sustainable relationships between Africa and Japan in the new century.

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