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President Putin signs decree to replace operating body of Sakhalin-2 with new Russian firm

NHK reported this morning that President Putin signed a decree on Thursday to replace Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, the body that operates the “Sakhalin-2” gas and oil project in Russia’s Far East, with a newly established Russian firm. According to the report, Putin signed the decree in response to a “threat to Russia’s national interest and economic security.” The network….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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U.S. lawmaker urges better intelligence sharing with Taiwan

WASHINGTON — The American and Taiwanese militaries should ramp up sharing of tactical intelligence to better prepare for the threat of a potential Chinese invasion of the island, said U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, a leading figure in recent congressional efforts to turn the White House’s foreign policy focus more toward Asia.   In an online interview with Nikkei on Wednesday,….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Expert view on UH election: Japan is at the front of U.S.-China tensions

By Watanabe Tsuneo, senior research fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation   With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s military buildup in mind, holding concrete discussions on foreign and national security is indispensable for the ruling and opposition parties.   The United States no longer possess overwhelming power on either the economic or military fronts. With East Asia facing a more dire….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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EV supply chain: Japan, China vie for power in lithium standards

TAKUMA NAGAMORI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — A group of roughly 100 Japanese companies including Toyota Motor and Hitachi will seek a bigger voice in lithium, a vital part of electric-vehicle batteries and an area where China’s influence has grown.   Representatives from over 15 countries, including Japan and China, are expected to meet around September to discuss International Organization for Standardization….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Expert view on UH election: Japan should endeavor to keep China’s ambitions in check

By Imamura Takashi, director of Marubeni Research Institute   Continuity is an important element in foreign policy. If Japan is not consistent in foreign policy, it will not be able to win the international community’s trust.   China has become a strategic competitor. As the direction of globalization has changed, [there are countries that] only think about their own gain,….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Cartoon: Deliver Ukrainian wheat to Africa

  • July 1, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Cartoon: A Kyiv Publishing paperback

  • June 30, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Rep. Chabot urges better intelligence sharing with Taiwan

Nikkei ran its recent online interview with Rep. Steve Chabot, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and nonproliferation, a panel with substantial sway over legislation and budget decisions related to the region. Rep. Chabot reportedly said that the militaries of the United States and Taiwan should ramp up sharing of….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

NATO at “historic turning point,” calling Russia “most significant and direct threat” 

All national dailies reported on the “Strategic Concept” adopted by the NATO leaders on Wednesday, saying that in a major shift from its post-Cold War conciliatory approach to Moscow Russia is now “the most significant and direct threat” to the security of NATO. The organization also mentioned China for the first time in the document, which guides its actions for the….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Kishida says Japan elevated its relationship with NATO to new level 

Mainichi and Sankei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida told reporters after attending the NATO summit in Madrid that Japan and NATO agreed to elevate their relationship to a new level. The premier said that Japan will establish partnerships for freedom and democracy in Europe and the Indo-Pacific by strengthening cooperation with likeminded nations. Kishida added that at the trilateral summit….Read more

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