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Japan protests over Chinese drillship activity in E. China Sea

TOKYO, Nov. 1, Kyodo   The Japanese government has lodged a protest with China after it found a Chinese drillship moored and engaging in “some kind of activity” near gas fields in the East China Sea, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday.   “It is extremely regrettable that China is maintaining its activities toward the unilateral development of the area….Read more

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Commentary: Clinton’s presidency, GOP-led Congress best choice for Asia

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, Kyodo — With the United States set to elect its next president on Nov. 8, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton appears to be a better — and safer — choice than her Republican rival Donald Trump for Japan and other U.S. allies, given her deep understanding of the importance of alliances.

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Scandal involving President Park may affect Japan’s relations with ROK

All papers ran extensive front- or inside-page reports on a scandal involving South Korean President Park and a close friend of hers who allegedly played a key role in important state affairs without holding any government position. Yomiuri speculated that the scandal may affect the Park administration’s implementation of foreign policy, including the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system….Read more

  • November 1, 2016
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Japan, ROK to discuss GSOMIA

Mainichi wrote that MOFA announced on Monday that Japan and South Korea will hold a working-level meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss a bilateral general security of military information agreement (GSOMIA) between the two nations. This will be the first time for Tokyo and Seoul to hold such a meeting in over four years. The two governments will aim….Read more

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Indonesian maritime minister eyes cooperation with Japan

TOKYO — Indonesia hopes to work more closely with Japan on such maritime issues as security and resource development, the Southeast Asian nation’s coordinating maritime affairs minister said here amid rising tensions with the Chinese over fishing in the South China Sea.   The “purpose of my visit is to execute cooperation such as gas and oil investment and [with….Read more

  • November 1, 2016
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Japan, Taiwan discuss maritime issues

Nikkei wrote that during the first meeting of their maritime dialogue on Monday in Tokyo, Japan and Taiwan agreed to cooperate in developing fishery rules, search and rescue operations at sea, and marine research. Mainichi also reported on the meeting, saying that attention will be focused on whether Japan will approve Taiwanese ships’ operations in Japan’s EEZ around Okinotori Island.

  • November 1, 2016
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Higher ranking Japanese official attends alleged secret talks with North Korea

A source on Japan-North Korea relations revealed that Japanese and DPRK government officials met in southeast China from Oct. 8-10. Japan and the DPRK are seen to have also made contact on Sept. 3-4 in Dalian, China. It appears that they held talks on the abduction and other issues.   According to the above source, the two sides made contact in Macau.….Read more

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S. Korea president’s Japan trip by year-end uncertain amid scandal

SEOUL, Oct. 31, Kyodo — Amid rising public resentment over a deepening influence-peddling scandal, South Korean President Park Geun Hye’s plan to visit Japan before the end of the year for a three-way summit with her Japanese and Chinese counterparts has now become uncertain, the Chosun Ilbo reported Monday.   Some in the administration believe it would be difficult under….Read more

  • October 31, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 1:40 p.m.
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Japan, Taiwan hold 1st round of maritime cooperation dialogue

TOKYO, Oct. 31, Kyodo — Japan and Taiwan held on Monday their first round of bilateral talks on maritime cooperation, including fisheries, research and emergency rescue, amid China’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China seas.   Mitsuo Ohashi of Japan’s Interchange Association, the body in charge of ties with Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic relations, and….Read more

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Japan worried about scandal engulfing ROK leader

Sunday’s Mainichi reported that the GOJ is deeply concerned about a plunge in public support for South Korean President Park in view of a major scandal, in which she allegedly leaked classified materials to her “personal advisor.” The GOJ is worried that if President Park becomes a “lame duck” as a result of the scandal, the growing mood for bilateral….Read more

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