When Tokyo meets Harare: Discussions over Zimbabwe and Japan Relations

Last week African Union Chairperson and Zimbabwe’s President H.E. Robert Mugabe flew across oceans to Japan in attending the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Amidst this attendance, Mugabe met with Japan’s Prime Minister Sinzo Abe and tabled over a few important issues.

The prime minister, welcomed relations with the Zimbabwean head of state further congratulating him on his appointment of AU chair. He stated that he desires to corporate for the success of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction further inviting Mugabe to see the recovery area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake back in 2011.

They both agreed on the need to deepen Japan-Africa relations, and stated that the conference was an important opportunity to discuss and share knowledge of response to natural disasters. Prime Minister Abe further informed Mugabe of his desires to cooperate towards the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) which will be held in Africa next year. Responding to his desires, Mugabe stated that Zimbabwe, and by extension various countries in Africa hope for cooperation with Japan to achieve economic and social development.