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nikFeb. 10 09:42 am JST

jackandjillFeb. 9  10:34 am JST

Wheat prices are decreasing. Russia hasn't delivered on all the wheat aid it promised.

The Russian Federation does not owe anything to anyone. So take a shovel yourself and dig the ground. We got used to the fact that Russia gave everything at a low price and sometimes for free. All times have passed; everyone who turned their “ass” to Russia made a big mistake.

Yes we know that Russia is a disgrace, offering nothing positive to the world. Thanks for confirming.

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Mr KiplingFeb. 10 12:22 pm JST

TaiwanisNotChina...

You could equally argue that Ukraine found ways to export its grain despite Russian criminality.

It did... To Europe. And the result was blockades by European farmers.

Doesn't matter where it goes if it drives down global food prices.

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elephant200Feb. 10 09:02 pm JST

There was NO "Debt Trap" ever as accused by China. Only "Exploitation" of every African countries by the West to comply with their hypocrisy, Japan is part of the West!

Yes China is a saint. Unfortunately the complete lack of transparency says otherwise.

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There was NO "Debt Trap" ever as accused by China. Only "Exploitation" of every African countries by the West to comply with their hypocrisy, Japan is part of the West!

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Using food as a bribery and blackmailing method over third world country?

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TaiwanisChina...

You could equally argue that Ukraine found ways to export its grain despite Russian criminality.

It did... To Europe. And the result was blockades by European farmers.

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How about providing Japan with debt free financial stability first?

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jackandjillFeb. 9  10:34 am JST

Wheat prices are decreasing. Russia hasn't delivered on all the wheat aid it promised.

The Russian Federation does not owe anything to anyone. So take a shovel yourself and dig the ground. We got used to the fact that Russia gave everything at a low price and sometimes for free. All times have passed; everyone who turned their “ass” to Russia made a big mistake.

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On the other hand, LDP government disregards domestic agricultures, they abandon farmers' aging, demand farmers to kill livestock and to dump large amounts of milk.

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Mr KiplingToday 12:40 am JST

Wheat prices are down.

They are now but look at the chart when the failed sanctions went into effect.

You could equally argue that Ukraine found ways to export its grain despite Russian criminality.

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The boss of Japan right now is Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Aso.

Kishida is a puppet with no authority.

He is like Biden in the US.

Aso's bosses are the capitalists in Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, etc. in Europe.

The US is in worse shape.

The US Federal Reserve is actually owned by European capitalists.

The more dollars they print, the more they owe the European capitalists.

During the Reagan presidency, Reagan's supporters encouraged him to bring back the currency issuing system to the U.S., but he eventually stopped because of the shootings.

The US has been in the hands of European vested interests since the capitalists who opposed the Fed were forced to sink the Titanic.

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Wheat prices are down.

They are now but look at the chart when the failed sanctions went into effect.

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Wheat prices are down.

https://tradingeconomics.com/commodity/wheat

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as wheat prices are surging in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

as wheat prices are surging in the wake of the failed sanctions on Russia.

Fixed it.

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"So...how many countries in Africa will Japan be providing food assistance to ?"

Food assistance means various thing. It might be in new farming methods, resilient seeds, improved farming tools etc. You just need to look how productive small rice farms are in Japan. To realize how crucial new farming ways are needed in Africa

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Kenya is a great country but like most of the world's developing countries is corrupt. The money always go to the politicians and not the people.

….

Sounds a bit like most countries in the world

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Cheap talks and lip service is the trademark of Kishida!

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Stop sending money to these basket cases. Spend on social services and look after those in need at home.

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"The leaders met in Tokyo at a time when Japan is aiming to bolster relations with Kenya facing the Indian Ocean to promote a vision of a "free and open Indo-Pacific," while trying to deepen ties with emerging and developing economies in the "Global South."

It's a great strategy for accessing new markets for both nations.

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Thanks to China for building a railway from Nairobi to Mombasa as I remember how hard it was many years ago driving along that route and some parts were unpaved while growing up as a kid in Kenya.

Kenya is a great country but like most of the world's developing countries is corrupt. The money always go to the politicians and not the people.

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So Kishida promises to feed Africa, What, all of it?? It might be OK in actually sending food, but do not send just money, because that money will go straight into the pockets of the leaders. Most African countries are corrupt, even more than ours are, and that's saying something.

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Having lived in both countries I actually think these two countries have more in common than one would think. Would love to see a relationship grow between the two great nations.

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Kishida pledges to provide Africa with support for food security

Sorry to burst your bubble there, African people.

But Kishida pledges are nothing but talk.

You would be better off getting help from any other country, Good luck!

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Africa will gobble up all your food supplies. You better think about how you will continue to live and where to get food for your children. Capitalist democratic countries will only give you food if it is profitable for them. This is the essence of democracy: money is the main thing and then attitude.

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Kishida also told Ruto that Japan will assist Kenya in restoring its financial health, which has been strained by loans from China for railway construction and other projects.

Ah, yes - China's famously big-hearted "win-win cooperation:" the debt-ridden railway to nowhere:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-67101736

https://www.voanews.com/a/kenya-wants-to-renegotiate-loans-for-chinese-built-railway-/6796765.html

I do hope Japan and others can help countries affected by China's predatory BRI to restore their fiscal health, but it needs to be done carefully so that taxpayers' money isn't used to simply pay off loans to China.

And another of the problems is that much of the debt is hidden, so the recipient countries (or even China, probably) don't know the real scale.

https://thediplomat.com/2021/11/chinas-bri-lending-385-billion-in-hidden-debts/

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Wheat prices are decreasing. Russia hasn't delivered on all the wheat aid it promised.

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as wheat prices are surging in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

So the problem is pretty obvious.

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20 million people in Sudan are starving to death. The UN needs $4 billion to feed them.

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Also, for those in denial and disagreement should click on the link provided by Dagon.

The number of hungry children in Japan is also a worry.

It is such a worry that donations are sought on national television by a charity for those going without food.

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New markets for Japanese rice and melons.

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What? You thought they would ship obento and karepan to Kenya?

No Roy.

I thought that ‘food security’ meant sending warships and troops to safeguard supply lines and fields.

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Food for a Continent? For how loooooooolong? Is Japan able to feed Japan AND Africa?

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@Roy

Japan will not deliver actual food to Africa, of course.

What will it deliver then?

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There are about 1 million Japanese children who don't get enough to eat.

"Did you know that a staggering 20 million people in Japan struggle to put enough rice on their tables? Hidden poverty is a growing issue in Japan. In this latest article from IPS' Youth Thought Leaders, they call on people to spark a chain reaction of goodwill and empathy and help them prove that youth are formidable allies in tackling global issues."

https://www.globalissues.org/news/2023/10/04/34952

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laughing out loud. How can Japan support food without having any natural resources?

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This guy promises the moon. But can he deliver?

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Japan and it's people first, everyone would love to help Africa, South America, South east Asia, the middle east, and so on.... we can all agree on that, but do it AFTER and NOT parallel with taking care of your own.

""Kishida also told Ruto that Japan will assist Kenya in restoring its financial health, which has been strained by loans from China for railway construction and other projects.""

Switching BANKS ain't gonna help, getting to work and being productive will, Japan may help in the short term but it's like putting a bandage on a deep wound, what is the long term plan??

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Japan has a high homeless rate and or struggling to keep a roof over their heads and eat.

Really? Please explain:

Government Survey Shows Number of Homeless People in Japan at New Record Low

https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h01323/

??????????????????

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You have to start looking at the root cause, as unpleasant as it may be.

No need to try to be coyly indirect about it.

It is still happening today in places like the Congo where there is a through-line from the slave trade, Belgian King Leopold corporation genocide to today Western governments and corporations propping up corrupt local strongmen and doing away with any popular "left" leaders who want to nationalize the abundant wealth and using child labor to to extract mineral wealth while returning scant benefits to Africans.

The Chinese as well have taken up where the old colonial Western powers left off.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/cobalt-red-how-blood-congo-powers-our-lives

From the corrupt official Kishida the monies will likely end up in the pockets of corrupt local African officials and never assist the needy.

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Provide Africa with food or Kenya. There is a tremendous difference in scale and money. Aaah, Kishida the strong leader.

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For how many decades now have rich countries been providing African countries with billions of dollars and all sorts of support for infrastructure and medicines etc.? And they still cannot create functioning countries. You have to start looking at the root cause, as unpleasant as it may be.

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Kishi, pledge to feed your own people FIRST..

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I think a few posters here are misreading the sutuation.

Japan is suring up it's own food security - i.e. wheat etc (imports from Kenya), in exchange for financial help.

This is in lieu of the higher prices atm from Ukrainian sourced wheat.

Japan is not going to be sending food to Africa.

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Japan has a high homeless rate and or struggling to keep a roof over their heads and eat. The Japanese PM should be helping those in Japan before helping others.

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Japan has no excess wheat to export to Kenya or any other country. At best Japanese taxpayers can subsidize international wheat purchases by Kenya.

Africa is lucky to be receiving Japanese food, which is the best in the world

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The key is to make no new loans without uncovering the secret China debt.

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Africa is lucky to be receiving Japanese food, which is the best in the world. And, how dare China demand debtor nations pay back their loans. Surely, Ruto and Kishida can find away to conquer both hunger and debt in Africa. Tokyo could learn a lot from Nairobi about nutritional self sufficiency and macroeconomics, even though Japan leads the culinary and economic worlds.

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Kishida bankrolling an entire continent?

Does he think that Japan is a rich country?

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Is the PM joking? With the food self sufficiency rate of less than 40 percent, Japan is in no position to care for other countries food security. In the event of food import disruptions or global crop failures, Japan will be the first country to starve.

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I agree. Let the “belt & road” CCCP feed Kenya.

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Kishida pledges to provide Africa with support for food security

Japanese workers, caught between stagnant wages, companies hoarding profits and rising tax burdens could also use some food security.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20230710/p2a/00m/0na/020000c

Kishida does have an image to maintain so that takes priority I suppose.

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