At the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya in late August, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged USD30 billion in investments throughout Africa. This will help the East Asian nation increase economic ties with the continent, which lags far behind its regional neighbours. For example, China and India, two of Ethiopia’s biggest investment partners, have operational investments worth ETB15.9 billion and ETB5.8 billion, respectively, while Japan had ETB50.2 million. Now that Japan has expressed interest to invest in Africa, how much could Ethiopia benefit? EBR’s Samson Hailu delved into the matter and offers this report.