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Title:Japan and the Development of Africa: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development
Author:Ampiah, KwekuISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:104
Issue:414
Period:January
Pages:97-115
Language:English
Geographic terms:Japan
Africa
Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:development
foreign policy
international relations
Development and Technology
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4BC7A37206F80CA0E847
Abstract:From the early 1960s to the late 1980s, relations between Japan and sub-Saharan Africa were very low key. Since the early 1990s, however, Japan has been reassessing its relations with the countries in the region and now seems to have decided on a more pro-active approach to African affairs organized through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which was launched in 1992. This article brings into focus Japan's recent initiatives towards Africa as orchestrated through TICAD. Officially, TICAD is defined as a 'regional initiative for Africa' initiated by the joint effort of the government of Japan, the United Nations and the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA). There is a great deal of emphasis within the TICAD framework on its inclusive orientation, as well as on the idea of the ownership by African nations of the development process within their respective countries. The article examines the motives and objectives behind this new Japanse diplomatic initiative, as well as the TICAD process itself, including the three main TICAD sessions of 1993, 1998 and 2003. It shows that Japan is still very cautious in its new engagements with Africa, and that after ten years of partnership between Japan and the African countries there is hardly anything to show for it. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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