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U.S. calls on North Korea to engage in dialogue

TV Asahi reported at noon that the U.S. government called on North Korea to engage in dialogue following its launch of a new type of SLBM on Tuesday. The network showed White House Press Secretary Psaki telling the press: “We condemn the DPRK’s ballistic missile launch. These launches violate multiple UN Security Council resolutions and are a threat to the….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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Colin Powell, last of the battle-hardened diplomats

KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asia chief desk editor   NEW YORK — U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office when aides came bearing news of a major development in Iraq.   It was April 9, 2003, and the Iraq invasion by American forces — not even a month old — was reaching a major milestone.….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 7:02 a.m.
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Chinese ships return to Senkaku area for first time since Oct. 16

The Japan Coast Guard patrol confirmed four China Coast Guard vessels traveling in the contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) on Oct. 19.   The Chinese government ships were last sighted near the Senkakus on Oct. 16.      

  • October 20, 2021
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AUKUS spurs French strategic review with tilt toward Japan, India

ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — France is reviewing its Indo-Pacific approach after being blindsided by the AUKUS alliance that scuttled its submarine deal with Australia, a French official said in Tokyo on Tuesday, with Paris keen to strengthen ties with Japan and India.   “What is at stake is what kind of Franco-American and trans-Atlantic partnerships, particularly….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Russia to draw up legislation for disputed isle development

Moscow, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed his government to draw up legislation by Aug. 1, 2022, for creating a special zone on northwestern Pacific islands disputed with Japan, according to a media report.   Putin last month unilaterally announced his plan to create the zone, where businesses will be exempted from paying tariffs and corporate tax,….Read more

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CCS Matsuno expresses desire to solve Northern Territories issue

Oct. 19 marks the 65th anniversary of signing the Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration, which restored diplomatic relations between Japan and the former Soviet Union. At a press conference on Oct. 18, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu expressed his willingness to resolve the territorial issue with Russia over the Northern Territories. “We will actively address the issue based on the various agreements….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Vox Populi: Remembering Colin Powell, a statesman of conscience

A few years ago, I saw the U.S. drama film “Vice.”   I remember a scene where Secretary of State Colin Powell, in the presence of President George W. Bush, is vilified by a fellow Cabinet secretary as a “chicken” and a “wimp.”   Hearing of Powell’s demise on Oct. 18, I reread his memoir and critical biography.   For….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Afghanistan evacuation reveals limitations of “unarmed” Japanese Embassy

It will soon be two months since the Taliban Islamic group seized control of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Aug. 15. The Japanese government was criticized for its handling of the crisis.

  • October 13, 2021
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IMF official calls on Japan to promote science education for women

Washington, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Ranil Salgado, assistant director at the International Monetary Fund, called on Japan to promote science education for women to secure personnel for digitalization.     Small and midsize companies in Japan, which play a key role in economic growth, are falling behind in digitalization, Salgado, the IMF’s mission chief for the country, said in a recent interview….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Senior officials of U.S., Japan, ROK exchange views on DPRK’s ballistic missile launch 

NHK reported this morning that senior officials of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea in charge of North Korean issues met in Washington on Tuesday and exchanged views on the DPRK’s latest ballistic missile launch. According to the network, the meeting was attended by MOFA Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director General Funakoshi, U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim, and Special Representative for….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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