Japan’s unique approach to Libya
On 2 June, Mieczysław P. Boduszynski, Christopher K. Lamont published with Middle East Institute (MEI) a research on Japan-Libya relations entitled ‘Japan-Libya Relations: A Window on Japan’s Diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa’. As formulated by Boduszynski and Lamont, the research traces the history of Japan’s approach to the Middle East and North Africa region, and most particularly to Libya. The two authors demonstrate that Japan managed to develop strong business connections with Libya to support its energy needs with a unique approach to Libya based on the Japanese anti-Western ideology. This particular approach, which is rooted in Japan’s contemporary history, allowed Japan to distinguish itself from Western counterparts which also had interests in Libya.
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