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U.S. proposes having Japanese shipbuilders repair CNFJ warships

Nikkei led with the disclosure by a USG source that Ambassador Emanuel has proposed allowing Japanese shipbuilders to repair Commander Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) warships. The daily said that if an official bilateral agreement is forged, some 20 U.S. warships will be maintained at Japanese shipyards in Yokohama, Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, and elsewhere. Discussions on the matter….Read more

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G-7 more relevant than ever as G-20 stalls: Rahm Emanuel

By KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asia diplomatic correspondent   HIROSHIMA, Japan — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is participating in the Group of Seven summit in part because the United Nations and the Group of 20 have become dysfunctional, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel told Nikkei Asia in an interview Friday.   Speaking on the sidelines of the Hiroshima Summit, the….Read more

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G-7 communique lays out common ‘de-risking’ path on China

By KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asia diplomatic correspondent   HIROSHIMA, Japan — The leaders of the Group of Seven nations issued a communique Saturday that included a nine-point aligned approach to reducing risks posed by China and called for international standards that regulate artificial intelligence.   The leaders noted that while members act in their own national interest, a common approach….Read more

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Amid Ukraine war and economic concerns, LGBTQ issues struggle to get G7 spotlight

BY KANAKO TAKAHARA, STAFF WRITER   HIROSHIMA – The focus of the Group of Seven leaders in Hiroshima has been geopolitics, economics, the war in Ukraine, supply chains and nuclear nonproliferation. But another key topic — LGBTQ issues — has been largely overshadowed.   A G7 summit communique released on Saturday touched on the topic, with a vow to work toward….Read more

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U.S., Japan to strengthen educational partnerships

Multiple media outlets, including Nikkei, Kyodo, Jiji, Asahi, and NHK, reported online that Secretary of State Blinken and MEXT Minister Nagaoka signed a memorandum in Hiroshima on Sunday committing to bolstering mutual partnership in the education sector through facilitating high-level education dialogue every year. Under several tech-academic collaborative initiatives announced concurrently, Google, IBM, and Micron will reportedly spend more than….Read more

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Commentary: Why PM Kishida is rushing with LGBT bill

By Abiru Rui    Why is Prime Minister Kishida Fumio rushing [the LGBT understanding promotion bill]? Criticism and confusion have arisen over the fact that the bill, which was supposed to promote understanding of LGBT people and other sexual minorities, will be submitted to the Diet by May 19 without resolving many of the concerns about it.   U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm….Read more

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Gov’t silent in face of Western ambassadors’ demand for legislation to oppose discrimination against LGBTQ

On May 15, the Japanese government did not indicate its approval or disapproval but remained silent when asked about the video message released by Western and other ambassadors calling on Japan to craft legislation to oppose discrimination against LGBT and other sexual minorities. With the G7 Hiroshima Summit to open on May 19, the government is agonizing over how to….Read more

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15 diplomatic missions call on Japan to protect LGBT rights in video

TOKYO — Fifteen diplomatic missions in Japan, including those of the United States, Europe and Australia, on Friday called on the Japanese government to take concrete action toward protecting LGBT rights ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima this month.   A video compilation of the messages, posted by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel on his official Twitter account, urges….Read more

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Japan LDP to submit LGBT bill before G-7 Summit

Tokyo, May 12 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to submit a bill to promote understanding for LGBT people before the start of the Group of Seven summit May 19, it was learned Friday.   At an LDP meeting, key members pushing the bill gained support from participants in general on condition that the bill is revised to reflect….Read more

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Foreign missions in Japan make show of support for LGBTQ people

Diplomats from more than a dozen embassies in Japan are standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ community ahead of next week’s G7 summit.   On Friday, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel posted a video on Twitter featuring messages from 15 foreign missions in Tokyo.   Envoys from Germany, Canada and the European Union took part.   British Ambassador to….Read more

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