In the closing years of the 19th century, the Japanese decided they should modernize economically without culturally westernizing, and they succeeded. Following de-colonization, Africans also pursued the goal of achieving economic modernization without cultural westernization. To some extent, however, Africa became westernized culturally, but failed to attain economic modernization. How can we explain Africa’s failure and Japan’s success? The book addresses these issues from a variety of perspectives also in relation to economic interactions between Africa and Japan and Africa’s place in Japan’s diplomacy and academic discourse.
Seifudein Adem received his B.A. (Honors) in political science from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) in 1988, his M.A. in International Relations from the International University of Japan in 1994, and his Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the University of Tsukuba (Japan) in 1999, where he has also been teaching from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Adem is currently Research Assistant Professor in the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, USA. Seifudein Adem is author of three books, of which the most recent is
Hegemony and Discourse: New Perspectives on International Relations (University Press of America, 2005).
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo Editors Introduction
S. Adem 1. Meiji Japan as a Model for Africa’s Economic Development
E. Wayne Nafziger 2. TICAD after Ten Years: A Preliminary Assessment and Proposals for the Future
Shinsuke Horiuchi 3. Japan and Africa after the Cold War
Jun Morikawa 4. Education and Modernization: An Examination of the Experiences of Japan and Ethiopia
Getachew Felleke 5. Nigeria's Fledgling Friendship with Japan: The Beginning of a 'Special Partnership'?
Kweku Ampiah 6. Japanese Contribution to Malaysian Economic Development: Lessons for Africa
Toyomu Masaki 7. "Perversion de l'Histoire": George Balandier, his disciples, and African History in Japan
John Edward Philips 8. Is Japan's Cultural Experience Relevant for Africa's Development?
Seifudein Adem Notes on Contributors Index