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July 2016

Japan and Africa: Partners for Growth


- Japan-Ghana Summit Meeting
- Japan-Chad Summit Meeting

Japan and Africa: Partners for Growth


TICAD VI in Africa: The Spirit of Ownership and Partnership

The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) will be held from 27 to 28 August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. We asked Junzo Fujita, Ambassador for TICAD, about the history of TICAD and the nature of Japan-Africa relations today.

KIC-Start: The Kobe-Kigali Connection

Centered on the Kobe Institute of Computing, Graduate School of Information Technology (KIC), the City of Kobe and the Rwandan capital of Kigali have forged a dynamic and mutually beneficial partnership.

JOCV: Working with Africa

Japan’s popular volunteer program Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) was established in 1965 as a means for young Japanese citizens to support the development of partner countries. Of the 40,000 young people dispatched under the program to date, some 13,000 have worked in Africa, in fields including health care, agriculture and education.

Bridging the Generations

More than thirty years after its construction, the Matadi Bridge across the Congo River continues to benefit from Japanese technological support.

Kaizen Never Ends

The Japanese business philosophy of “kaizen” is gradually and systematically taking hold in Africa, with Ethiopia leading the way.

Green Toilets for Kenya

A Japanese manufacturer of sanitary ware is introducing its "Green" toilet technology to non-urban parts of Kenya.

Japan “Welcomes” Shea Butter

Yuko Morishige is empowering women in Burkina Faso through her efforts to bring locally produced soap and cosmetics made from shea butter into Japan.

Into Africa

In August, Kenya will host TICAD VI, the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development to be held outside Japan. We asked Kenya’s Ambassador to Japan H.E. Mr. Solomon K. Maina for his thoughts in advance of the “Nairobi Summit.”


Ebola Testing on the Spot

A portable test kit developed by researchers in Japan can identify infection with ebolaviruses in as little as ten minutes.

Spellbound by the Shamisen

Cameroon-born Vincent Wouassi Jr. is the driving force behind the distinctive sound of the Tokyo-based Wouassi and Roots Band.

“Super Happy” Painters Holding Hands

Artist Kensuke Miyazaki is best known for the murals he paints with children in developing countries around the world, a collaborative effort that began and continues at Magoso Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Way of Whisks

Five hundred years after they were first produced, Takayama chasen remain the tea master’s whisk of choice.

The Frontier Islands of Nagasaki

Cultural properties on a number of islands in Nagasaki Prefecture speak of the exchanges which took place between Japan and the Asian continent many moons ago.