「Another Solidarity Is Possible! No! to the Japan-Africa Development Conference. To Create a Japan-Africa Partnership with neither militarism nor neo-liberalism」
We are a group in Japan questioning the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) which will be held in Japan this June.
TICAD is a conference co-organized by the Japanese government, the World Bank, the UNDP, and the AUC. Many government tops from Africa will come to its Summit Conference in Yokohama at the beginning of June to discuss “African Development” through “strong and sustainable economies,” ”inclusive and resilient societies” and ”peace and stability.” The objective of the hosting Japanese government is obvious: it’s “the development” for the acquisition of resources to run the production system of Japanese capitalism and for providing markets to Japanese multi-national enterprises.
In January 50 people including 10 Japanese engineers died in the battle between the Algerian Army and the Salafiyists at the natural gas refinery plant in In Amenas. Military actions to protect the colonialistic interests in natural resources are not unrelated to the Japanese globalistic expansion into African markets.
The Japanese government has decided to donate $6 million to the UN as funds to help remove landmines in Algeria-neighboring Mali. A Japanese self-defense force unit has been dispatched since March 2009 to Djibouti on the African coast right across the Middle East as an “anti-pirates off the Somali coast measure.”
IMF and other multi-national financial institutions have been enforcing the same neo-liberalistic economic measures to the Ennahdha government as they did to the Ben Ali’s. Japan, the second biggest investor to the IMF, had supported the Tunisian dictatorships and neo-liberalism.
We will hold a rally in solidarity with the people gathered in WSF in Tunisia from Maghreb, Mashreq and all over the world to make another world possible. We are also organizing a rally & demo on one of the TICAD days in June to make another solidarity with African people possible.
Let’s tighten our solidarity to stop the usurpation of Africa by Japanese government and enterprises!