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Editorial: Urgent measures needed to counter growing N. Korean SLBM threat

North Korea’s latest firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) indicates that Pyongyang’s military threat is growing further. The international community must work together to speed up efforts to halt the country’s provocations. The U.N. Security Council has started considering issuing a statement to condemn North Korea’s SLBM test launch toward the Sea of Japan.   It is vital for….Read more

  • August 27, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 7:30 p.m.
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UNSC releases press statement on DPRK

Sunday morning’s Yomiuri reported that the UN Security Council released a press statement on Friday strongly condemning North Korea’s missile launches since July. The paper wrote that while China asked for an extension of the period for examination of the draft statement distributed to each member state by the U.S. with the apparent intention to express displeasure over the decision….Read more

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U.S., Japanese foreign ministers speak by phone on North Korea

Sunday morning’s Yomiuri reported on page 4 that Secretary Kerry and FM Kishida spoke by phone on Saturday and agreed to further strengthen the bilateral alliance and promote security cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea following North Korea’s SLBM test. The officials reportedly welcomed the press statement issued by the UNSC condemning North Korea. According to the paper,….Read more

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Japan, South Korea to resume currency swap agreement

All Sunday morning papers reported that Japan and South Korea agreed on Saturday to begin discussions on resuming their currency swap deal. Nikkei wrote that South Korea made the proposal during a meeting between Finance Minister Aso and South Korean Strategy and Finance Minister Yoo Il Ho in Seoul, adding that the move will help improve economic relations between the….Read more

  • August 28, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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Two former comfort women express opposition to comfort women fund

Saturday morning’s Asahi reported that two former comfort women and South Korea’s opposition party announced their opposition on Friday to the initiative to support former comfort women based on the Japan-ROK agreement, which includes providing about 10 million yen to each former comfort woman through the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation. The daily wrote that the foundation will continue to try….Read more

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Economic Minister Ishihara to visit New Zealand

Sunday morning’s Nikkei reported that Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Ishihara will visit New Zealand on Aug. 30-31 and meet with Deputy Prime Minister English and Minister of Trade McClay to exchange views on the early ratification of the TPP.

  • August 28, 2016
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Editorial: Resuming currency swap pact should help boost Japan-ROK ties

We welcome the latest agreement between Japan and South Korea, which should further improve bilateral relations in the economic field.

  • August 28, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 6:56 p.m.
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Japan readies 100bn yen in lending for Myanmar

Japan plans to extend about 100 billion yen ($994 million) in low-interest lending to Myanmar for such projects as railways and water treatment plants, the latest step in Tokyo’s push to bolster ties with the Southeast Asian country.

  • August 26, 2016
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 2:00 a.m.
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Senior GOJ official meets with Chinese premier

All papers reported from Beijing that Shotaro Yachi, Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat, paid a courtesy call on Premier Li on Wednesday, during which the Chinese leader expressed hope for improving ties with Japan by saying: “It is necessary to put Sino-Japanese relations back on normal track as soon as possible.” The Japanese diplomat reportedly conveyed Japan’s concern….Read more

  • August 26, 2016
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SLBM launch rattles South Korea

Yomiuri wrote from Seoul that the impact of North Korea’s successful SLBM launch on Wednesday has reverberated across South Korea, noting that calls are mounting among ROK military officials and journalists for conducting a review of existing and planned missile defense systems. Some are even demanding enhanced coordination with Japan since the SDF has extremely high capabilities to detect and….Read more

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