The Brookings Institution published on 14 January 2014 a background piece on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire and Mozambique. Titled "Japan in Africa: A Rising Sun?" the author is Amadou Sy.
The Diplomat published on 15 January 2014 a commentary titled "Africa: China and Japan's Next Battleground?" by Shannon Tiezzi. While the title of the article suggests that China and Japan are competing head-to-head in Africa, the article quotes both Chinese and Japanese officials that they are not competing in Africa.