Shinzo Abe starts Latin America tour
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has kicked off a five-nation tour of Latin America by signing a series of oil and gas deals with Mexico.
Mr Abe's visit comes hot on the heels of a trip to the region by China's Premier Xi Jinping - who also signed dozens of trade and investment contracts.
Both China and Japan are interested in Latin America's rapidly growing economies and vast natural resources - but is Japan playing catch up?
Martin Schulz from the Fujitsu Research Institute in Tokyo explains.
28 Jul 2014
- From the section Business