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Abe’s diplomatic leadership to be tested at G-7 summit

  • January 4, 2016
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Sunday’s Yomiuri and Nikkei ran articles on the G-7 summit in late May, underscoring that PM Abe’s diplomatic stewardship will be tested on such issues as international terrorism, the increase in the number of refugees and migrants, and China’s aggressive naval operations. The dailies said the premier is anxious to play up Japan’s summit chairmanship as “Asia’s representative.” Yomiuri added that diplomacy toward Russia will be another major diplomatic challenge for the prime minister this year, speculating that by visiting a local city in Russia to meet with President Putin ahead of the G-7 summit, the Japanese leader hopes to achieve progress on the Northern Territories dispute and gain Moscow’s cooperation in dealing with ISIL and international terrorism.

 

Today’s Mainichi wrote that Abe is aiming to invite the Russian leader to Japan after the July Upper House election based on the judgment that such a trip ahead of the G-7 summit might draw criticism from G-7 partners.

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