Africa's growth not only benefits Africa, but the world as a whole. Under this belief, Japanese government and businesses, as well as individual citizens, have all made contributions to the development of Africa.
Today's global landscape is much, much different than it was 5 years ago, or even earlier this year with the surge of the Islamic State, wrath of Nigeria's Boko Haram, Crimea's annexation, and continuing Syrian and Libyan conflicts.
Africa's efforts to pivot its focus, resources and talent toward addressing in a more comprehensive, effective, and efficient manner its energy infrastructure gap is paramount to sustainable economic development.
Looking at the world demographic trends, it is clear that the future of the world might just be played in Africa: Africa is the "youth" of the world. This is a reservoir of youth, reservoir with big investment needs.
Recently I attended the Africa Brain Trust 2012 forum entitled "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity," which concentrated on reinforcing support for promising development-aid strategies, providing a networking venue for interested professionals and encouraging foreign investment.
America views Africa through nonprofits and disaster-craven media, while America through the glorified prism of the culture we export around the world. Jersey Shore isn't all of America. And Darfur isn't all of Africa.
Most of the world's poorest people lack access to basic services such as clean water and electricity. Over the past 50 years, centralized water and power projects have largely bypassed these population groups.
More can, and should be, done to facilitate the spread of partnership models in Africa. Too often, activities remain small-scale, localized and isolated, as actors lack the capacity, resources or incentives to scale up their operations.