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Message from the Director

Director / Professor, African Studies Center - TUFS



Undoubtedly, Africa is one of the key players in the current world. WhileJapan has forged close ties with Africa through diplomacy, trade and investment,and other means, more efforts are currently required to furtherstrengthen the bilateral relations as well as to tackle global issues concerningAfrica, including poverty reduction, peacebuilding, climate change, andprotection of biodiversity. In this context, reliable information and in-depthunderstandings about Africa are absolutely indispensable. African StudiesCenter - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) has been established toexplore important issues concerning present-day Africa, contributing todevelop Africa-Japan relations. Through research, education, networking,and other activities, we aim to be a leading center for African studies.