ABSTRACT

Economic relations between South Africa and Asian developing countries have been rarely discussed in academic circles in Japan. It may be partly true that economic sanctions, which brought about a separation between the South African and world economy, served to discourage these discussions. Arguably the main reason for the fact that economic relations has not received much attention in Japan is that South Africa and Asian developing countries have regarded each other as relatively marginal entities due to their longstanding dependence upon developed countries. 1