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Wednesday, 27th August 2008
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Japanese missions to arrive in Africa

A number of Japanese government officials and key business figures are to travel to Africa to promote a better relationship with the nation.

Foreign minister Masahiko Komura has confirmed that three separate missions will take place before the end of September with the aim of encouraging more Japanese investment in Africa as well as boosting trade between the two regions.

Around 60 people, representing at least 20 companies, will be involved with the mission tours that are scheduled to meet with a number of leading African business figures and politicians and visit key sites of interest.

"We hope this will contribute to expediting Africa's economic growth, as well as help promote Japan's diplomacy for securing resources," Mr Komura was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

The Japanese representatives will visit Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.