Abe says his “proactive pacifism” won support

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his “proactive pacifism” policy received the support of the leaders of 4 nations during his tour of the Middle East and Africa.

Abe made the remark on Tuesday at a news conference in Ethiopia that wrapped up the tour, which included Oman, Cote d’Ivoire, and Mozambique.

Abe said he explained to the leaders of the 4 nations what he calls “proactive pacifism,” which is based on the principle of international cooperation. He said Japan will contribute more actively to global peace and stability, and that the leaders expressed support and welcome for this initiative.

Abe said his government launched a Japanese version of the US National Security Council last year and decided on a comprehensive national security strategy. He said that, based on this, Japan will develop an overall strategic diplomacy encompassing the entire globe this year.

Abe said this starts is Africa, adding that during his trip he felt that the 21st Century could be a century for Africa. He said Africa is no longer a place for which to provide aid, and that the development of human resources and infrastructure are all investments in the future.

Commenting on assistance for South Sudan, Abe said he thinks mediation by Ethiopia and neighboring nations is the key. He said Japan is preparing a new 25-million-dollar aid package to respond to the situation in South Sudan.

Abe added that Japan will also contribute to dealing with that situations in the Central African Republic and the Sahel region south of the Sahara desert.

Jan. 14, 2014 – Source : http://www3.nhk.or.jp/

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