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Could Japan use diplomatic ties in Africa to boost trade?

Japanese firms want Tokyo to use good African relations to create investment opportunities
Japanese companies are pressing the government in Tokyo to use good African relations to create more investment opportunities.

African leaders and entrepreneurs are expected to be among thousands of delegates at a big investment conference in Yokohama this week, known as TICAD.

It takes place once every three years and Professor Motoki Takahashi, from Kyoto University, an expert in Japanese economic links to Africa, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore the conferences have a record of success.

(Picture: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Copyright: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)
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