Author: Kweku Ampiah.
Ampiah, Kweku. 2013/01/11. The Dynamics of Japan's Relations with Africa : South Africa, Tanzania and Nigeria. Routledge.
This book is an empirical analysis of the political, economic and
diplomatic factors informing Japan's relations with sub-Saharan Africa
from 1974 to the early part of the 1990s. Japan's relations with three
African countries - South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania - are examined in
order to illustrate the dynamics of Japan's presence in the region.
Specifically, these cases are used to ascertain the nature of the trade,
investment and aid relations which Japan sustained with the region during
the period under review. For example, by examining investments in, and
divestments from, Nigeria, the case is dismissed that Japan had any
significant resource interests amongst the Organization of African Unity
(OAU) member states of the region. Not even the abundance of goodquality
crude oil in Nigeria was seen as relevant to Japan's national
security by the country's policy makers which underlines the fact that the
popular conception of Japan as being 'obsessed' with Africa's raw
materials was grossly exaggerated.