This panel session aims to analyze "Asian soft powers" from case studies of China, Japan, and South Korea in Africa to understand Asia - Africa relationship and look future cooperation between two regions in 21st century.
As 21st century is occasionally expressed "the century of Asia and Africa", Asian presence has been radically increasing in Africa. Asian emergent countries have been focused in terms of its political and economic influence in Africa from the world. "China in Africa" and "India in Africa" are the hottest issues of African studies related to their economic and diplomatic activities. These issues are much talked in western world, traditional hegemonic actors in Africa. However, it doesn't seem to be sufficient to understand Asia - Africa relationship without consideration on non-material factor. Soft power which is assured by hard power becomes more important element to consider Asia - Africa relations. This panel session aims to reflect over "Asian Soft Powers in Africa" to understand Asia - Africa relationship and look future cooperation between two regions. This panel session tries to analyze soft powers of China (by Xiaomeng SUN), Japan (by Takuo IWATA), and South Korea (by Kyudeug HWANG) in Africa, the most influential East Asian countries. These three articles (presentations) of this panel session try to analyze soft powers of each country in Africa from government to non-government level to provide materials for comparative study on the issue of "Asian soft powers in Africa".