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Japan’s Shifting Geopolitical and Geo-economic Relations in Africa

A View from Japan Inc

Dr Martyn Davies and Kira McDonald recently wrote and published an article on Japan’s commercial relationships in Africa. The article was originally published in the Hitotsubashi Business Review, one of the Japan’s leading academic business journals.

Japan has been grappling with defining its Africa strategy. Historically, Japanese engagement with Africa has emphasised aid and development rather than focused pragmatic commercial interest. Japan’s engagement in Africa is seen as benign due in large part to its non-involvement in the continent’s colonial history. However, Japan’s engagement of Africa is undergoing a shift due in large part by the increased prominence of the African continent and rising competition from emerging actors who this century are rapidly accumulating both geopolitical and geo-economic capital on the continent.

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