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Young South Africans learn from Japanese businesses

19 March 2018

When considering the infinite development space, skilled youth remains a non-negotiable. With its sole resource being its people, Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with a 20-year footprint on local soil, has a credible appreciation for people, and a noble intention to support South Africa’s human resource development.

Photo: Seated centre is Mr Shigeyuki Hiroki, Japanese Ambassador to South Africa, (on his right) Mr Toshikazu Otani, Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Japan in South Africa (CCIJ) and (on his left) Mr Tomohiro Seki, Chief Representative of the JICA South Africa Office with the returnees

The African Business Education (ABE) Initiative, introduced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2013, aims to empower 1,000 African youths through scholarships (master’s degrees) at Japanese universities and internships at Japanese enterprises. The initiative is targeting youth with leadership qualities, aiming to maximise their potential and to enrich them through a cultural journey of note. Returnees are highly employable, with some absorbed by the Japanese private sector.


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