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Title:The evolution of Japan's role in 'Lusophone' Africa: from inertia to action
Author:Raposo de Medeiros Carvalho, Pedro Miguel AmakasuISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Geographic terms:Portuguese-speaking Africa
Subjects:international relations
foreign policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2016.1257395
Abstract:This article explores Japan's relations with Lusophone Africa over the past 60 years. It asks what factors have propelled Japan's shift from a foreign policy based on inertia to a more proactive one. Arguably, colonialism and postcolonialism linked to the Cold War politics had a negative impact on Japan's relations with the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) and Africa as a whole; this contrasts with Japan's process of 'Africanisation' after 1990, reflective of changing external and internal circumstances. The question arises as to whether Japan's relations with the specific PALOP states, and with the group as a whole, have been influenced by, or have had influence over, Japan's long-term approach to other African states. Lastly, what characterises Japan's approach to the PALOP? Findings show mutual gains beyond the simple exploitation of natural resources towards broad-based sustainable growth. Still, from the perspective of the poorest PALOP, development cooperation and trade benefits are unbalanced and insufficient. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]