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Japanese leader going to Africa to boost his country's profile in the face of China's rise

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his wife Akie wave as they depart for Africa, at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Abe is heading to Africa, keeping up a busy overseas travel schedule designed to boost Japan's global profile in the face of China's rise. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
January 08, 2014 - 8:17 PM

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is heading to Africa, keeping up a busy overseas travel schedule designed to boost Japan's global profile in the face of China's rise.

Abe departed Thursday and will make a brief visit to the Mideast state of Oman before heading to the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

He has travelled more widely than his immediate predecessors in a bid to expand Japan's diplomatic reach and help Japanese companies win business overseas.

The unofficial backdrop to his whirlwind travel is China's rise, and the relative decline of a once ascendant Japan during two decades of economic stagnation. Japan is a major aid donor to Africa, but China's investment and trade has powered Africa's economic growth in the past decade.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
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