Katsuhiko Kitagawa, Japan's Economic Relations with Africa in a Historical Perspective: A Study of the Pre-War Japanese Consular Reports, Kansai University Press, 2020, 2,200 yen + tax.
This book is a unique empirical study on Japan-Africa relations based on Japanese pre-war consular reports. It investigates how and why the complex relationships between Japan and Africa started to develop. An attempt is made to identify the forms and structures upon which these historical relations were constructed against the backdrop of the changing global system and the internal dynamics of the Japanese political economy. The book addresses an important question: whether the relationships were characterized by equality/reciprocity or by imperialism/dependency.