JAPAN ENTERS THE AFRICA CHESSBOARD…
Mr. S.D., a regular reader here, found this very interesting article, and it definitely raises the stakes of the game now being played out in Africa, for it makes clear that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe means for Japan to play a much more geopolitically vigorous role on the world stage:
Japan pledges billions in investments for foothold in Africa
There's two paragraphs here that caught my eye, the very first one in fact, and then one further down in the article:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his country is to invest $30 billion in Africa, with a focus on boosting infrastructure on the resource-rich continent. Tokyo competes with Beijing for influence in the region.
While Abe's government has been relatively successful in reaching out to African nations, its influence is dwarfed by Japan's rival China. In 2015, China's total trade with Africa reached about $179 billion, compared to Japan's $24 billion.
The nature of Japanese investment is also worth looking at:
The new investments, announced on Saturday, would be divided out over a three-year time period, with some of the money going to improve labor productivity and health care.
What is interesting here is that Japan's investments in Africa, like China's, appear to be of a very different nature than America's, which have been largely to form a new command structure in the region and to beef up military presence. China's pattern, in response to this, has been to invest in infrastructure: roads, hospitals, building schools, and so on. Of course, none of this is altruistic, for China's real goal is to build markets for products and trade, and resource-rich Africa is, to be blunt, the last great developing market in the world, with an enormous pool of virtually untapped human creativity and invention. Notably, Mr. Abe's Japan is pursuing, at a smaller scale, the Chinese pattern, and in the long run, this portends yet another reversal over the long term for American policy: the orient sends hospitals, the USSA sends tanks, rockets, drones, bombs... you get the picture.
As I blogged yesterday, even vowel-impaired Zbigniew Brzezinski is having second thoughts about the policy of American unipolarism and interventionism, and recognizing it as an utter failure, albeit the word "failure" never leaks from his pen.
One area that China and Japan will increasingly confront American policy in the region is over education (see today's Tidbit), and the attempts by American high finance to privatize African schools and harvest profits and wealth from the continent. Indeed, one may view such efforts as a kind of corporate neo-colonialism, and rest assured they're quietly discussing how to confront and edge out this American attempt at cultural influence in Tokyo and Beijing. Mr. Abe's government will, of course, quietly continue to mouth support for Washington's policies, while Japan continues to rearm under his government. And that rearming, as I've suggested before, is less because Japan wants to continue to be a satrapy of Washington, and more because it realizes the American empire is waning, and that Japan will increasingly have to steer a much more independent foreign policy.
The other area to watch, of course, is the expansion of radicalized Islam in Africa, and here the two oriental giants will doubtless come into further conflict with American policy. Japan, almost alone of all nations in the world, has a very strict policy against Muslims emigrating to that country, and this for rather obvious cultural reasons. How will one know if this reading of events in Africa is anywhere near the truth, and that Japan is pursuing an increasingly Washington-independent policy? Well, watch for it: expect the usual crowd of globalists to call for a reform of Japan's domestic policy in this regard. Japan cannot be a major competitor if it is dealing with a European-style refugee crisis.
And watch for Mr. Abe's Japan to flatly refuse to take the gambit.
See you on the flip side...
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Africans are no doubt familiar w/the guns versus bullets scenario being played-out in their backyard at their expense. I agree w/Marcos that the merchants of death are facing a diminishing market; while the orient is experiencing a growth in realized commercial markets.
Still, the virtually-diminishing value of nothing-for-something fiat currencies will be becoming more of a concern; at least for those whose assets are certainly worth more than toilet paper.
[Looks like Brazil got some Olympic-based impeachment bonuses; that is of course, if your a fascist at heart].
Guns versus butter…
I see this as the Japanese aligning their efforts in tandem with China’s own widespread efforts in Africa. It has been striking how the Chinese go into Africa and build infrastructure for nations among other things, and the West goes about trying to find ways to engage in Colonialism 2.0 and siphon wealth away from the continent.
good point p. a few nippon friends splained to me years ago that besides the usual bigotry between nationalities, that japanese have huge respect and synergy with chinese. they splained it’s similar to brit ussa relations only much longer term. given linguistic origins and natures, it’d be kinda basic to the cultures, right?
I would more look to a globalist-response to Japan in the ‘traditional’ sense:
First, a warning to ‘back-off’ is given-from some globalist hack (probably US-based). Then, if Japan doesn’t comply, a threat is made. Finally, if Japan doesn’t comply after that, a Fukushima-style event ‘randomly’ occurs…
I wonder if Japan has gotten rid of SCADA-controlled devices on all of its important facilities (including nuclear plants)?
or gotten rid of their israeli security firm that left fukushima daichi so well secured?
One wonders how many Israeli security firms are ‘guarding’ important installations in Germany and France…
Maybe using those nuke-capable cameras, like at Reactor #3 in Fukushima…
The West has for centuries been merchants of death. China-Japan mean to be real merchants of trade and development and if need be protect their investments with force if it comes to that.
You may want to fact check that statement about Japan’s strict policy against mulim immigragtion to Japan. Snopes says it is false, several blogs say it is false. http://thefifthcolumnnews.com/2015/12/debunking-rumors-about-japans-supposed-anti-muslim-restrictions/ http://www.snopes.com/muslims-in-japan/ https://globalvoices.org/2015/12/11/debunking-rumors-about-japans-anti-muslim-restrictions/
Here some links that point to the actual reality in Japan:
Since the first Obama election when Snopes insisted on Obama’s complete biography, I have never trusted ANYTHING Snopes. http://accuracyinpolitics.blogspot.com/2013/05/snopes-got-snoped.html
I would rely on reports from almost any other source… and probably not something called “global voices”… and oh yeah, CIA.gov… that HAS to be a reliable source.
Ok. Picking myself up off the floor now. No offense johncomegys…. Let us ask this incredible group of intellects and researchers… where DO “we” truly FACT check? (I have never hesitated to marvel at the ability of this group to KNOW since they represent opinions around the world… or IN the know.)
Do I need to rephrase this question for a VIDCHAT?
Significant video on Africa from Japanese PM’s office: