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Japan's Kishida plans Africa trip to woo Global South ahead of G-7

First trip by Japanese leader in seven years aims to counter China and Russia

Fumio Kishida will be Japan's first leader to visit Africa since 2016. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will travel to Africa around the end of April as he seeks to chip away at Chinese and Russian influence in the Global South ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima in May.

Kishida plans to visit Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique during Japan's upcoming Golden Week holidays, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters Tuesday.

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