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Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, travels to Africa

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for a weeklong African tour on Thursday. Observers say that his travel is designed to restore Japan's global influence in the face of what they call as China's rise, as well as help Japanese companies win business overseas. Abe will make a brief visit to the Mideast state of Oman before heading to the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Ethiopia. He has traveled more widely than his immediate predecessors in a bid to expand Japan's diplomatic reach and help Japanese companies win business overseas. Analysts say Abe’s trip has taken a different approach to foreign policy compared to his immediate predecessors, visiting a wider range of countries to try to broaden Japan's diplomatic reach. Abe touched down in 25 countries in 2013, his first year in office. Japan is a major aid donor to Africa, but China's investment and trade has powered Africa's economic growth in the past decade.


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