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Title:Japanese Aid to Tanzania: A Study of the Political Marketing of Japan in Africa
Author:Ampiah, KwekuISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Subjects:development cooperation
international relations
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Abstract:This article examines Japanese aid to Tanzania, focusing on its use as a political instrument. The article covers the period from the early 1970s to 1991 and starts with an outline of the development of Japan's aid policy in general and with respect to sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Then it analyses the anatomy of Japanese aid to Tanzania, Japan's major aid projects in Tanzania - the Kilimanjaro Regional Integrated Development Plan and the Malaria Control Project for the Dar es Salaam and Tanga area - and the lack of any strong Japanese commercial interests in Tanzania. Finally it discusses the reasons why Tanzania occupied such a favourable position in terms of Japanese aid. These include Tanzania's frontline position in the struggle against colonialism and minority rule in southern Africa, Tanzania's popularity in Third World politics, and the centrality of Nyerere in Tanzanian and African politics. The article shows that Japan's attraction to Tanzania since the 1970s was primarily due to the latter's political importance. When Tanzania lost its position as a moral voice in global affairs, Japanese aid to the country declined. Notes, ref.