ADDIS ABABA , Jan. 14 -- ( Kyodo ) _ (EDS: ADDING INFO, QUOTES IN 4TH TO LAST GRAF ) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced fresh support for Africa on Tuesday, including the doubling of Japan's low-interest loans for development over a five-year period through 2016. The yen loans, originally announced in 2012 at $1 billion , will find their way to the African Development Bank and relevant countries to fund infrastructure and other projects, Abe said in a speech at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa , where he wrapped up a weeklong trip to the Middle East and Africa . He also offered around $320 million in support for the African Union to respond to civil wars and natural disasters on the continent, including $25 million to deal with the deteriorating situation in South Sudan . "What Japanese diplomacy is focusing on in Africa is nothing less than Africa's future," Abe said, revealing his particular attention to supporting women and young people in the region. While suggesting the importance of offering vocational training to those people, Abe also asked African leaders to facilitate Japanese investments in their countries. "If Japanese companies that value individual employees come to Africa , then it could truly lead to the establishment of a win-win relationship," he said. Abe's trip took him to Oman , the Ivory Coast and Mozambique before he arrived in Ethiopia on Monday. It came as Japan seeks further cooperation with such developing economies to secure oil and other natural resources abroad and to increase its exports of large infrastructure to them.
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