The disgraceful negligence of the staff hired by this Japanese company are to blame for this disaster and as a result this does have implications for Japan as a nation and their international image. Early on in the cleanup attempt, Japan sent a six-member crew to aid the effort, but even during this time India had sent 30 tonnes of technical equipment and material, and a team of ten Indian Coast Guards specialising in containing oil spills. In the months following the disaster Japan's aid to Mauritius concerning Wakashio came under fire also, for its lack of transparency, an image that has plagued Japanese aid programs across Africa. Furthermore Japan has been criticised for its involvement in Mauritius as leverage to acquire a better military foothold in the Indian Ocean, along with holding joint military drills with India, one of which, 'JIMEX', took place one month after the Wakashio spill. Japan needs to do more here, to clean up Mauritius on principle, and Japan’s international image with it. Not use the disaster as a geopolitical foothold against the rising international influence of China.