Hi,Or the organisation they worked for in Sudan - given Japan's poor record in overseas assistance and lack of historical connection with Africa, there must have been very few Japanese people in Sudan. Was JICA around in the mid 80s?
No, he was not with JICA or embassy he worked with Japanese company, so many companies were there like Mitsui, Nisho Iwai, Mitsubishi, Marubeni, etc...very good business is still there.Good point, Lothor! It is likely Ikeda-san either worked at the embassy or with JICA, though I believe it was in the mid-80s according to the OP.
I remember that his parents passed away when he was in Sudan and left for him Jute and steel business, I googled steel biz I found some names but difficult to check.Finding someone in Japan is very difficult with out detailed information usually. Imagine trying to find a friend in Dubai and all you have for the search name is "Mohammed". Your post bought back memories of when I lived in Japan in1971. My best friend was Ikeda Shin in Fukuoka.