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Pentagon says it takes spread of COVID-19 at USFJ facilities seriously

Asahi reported on Monday that in response to the spread of COVID-19 at USFJ facilities and their surrounding municipalities in Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and elsewhere, Department of Defense Press Secretary Kirby stressed on Friday that the U.S. side “took strict measures in Japan” with the new restrictions on non-essential outings by U.S. military personnel in mind. He reportedly said: “We obviously….Read more

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DOS official gives high marks to HNS agreement

Sunday’s Asahi reported from Washington that an unnamed State Department official commented in an interview with the paper on Thursday on the new five-year agreement on the cost of stationing U.S. troops in Japan. The official reportedly said the two governments were able to reach the agreement “in a very useful form” and added that the establishment of funding for….Read more

  • January 16, 2022
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U.S., Japan summit to be held virtually on Jan. 21 

All national dailies reported that the GOJ announced on Monday that Prime Minister Kishida and President Biden will hold an online summit meeting on Friday evening Japan time. This will be the first time for the two leaders to hold scheduled talks since the launch of the Kishida administration. Nikkei said they are expected to align their views in preparation for a possible contingency over the Taiwan Strait. Yomiuri said the two leaders are expected to exchange views on promoting a free and open….Read more

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