Japan PM Shinzo Abe eyes African business ties
By bbc.co.uk, 14-01-2014
Japan should increase its business links with the fast-growing economies in Africa, "the continent that carries the hopes of the world", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said.
Speaking in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa at the end of his first tour of the continent, he also pledged to increase aid and investment.
Mr Abe said he would increase support for peacekeeping in South Sudan.
His visit is seen as an attempt to rival China's huge influence in Africa.
Mr Abe said Japan's priorities would be the continent's young people and women.
"We will centre the axis of Japan's diplomacy toward Africa on two groups: Young people, who will without a doubt shoulder the responsibility for the future Africa, and women, who will give life to Africa's future generations."
For Africa's women, Prime Minister Abe said that he wanted to provide educational and training opportunities, and to increase school admission rates for girls.
"'Abenomics' will not succeed without 'womenomics'," the prime minister added, in a reference to economic reforms he has introduced in Japan.