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Interview with Edward Luttwak: “Philippine security cooperation with U.S. remains unchanged”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time on Oct. 20 and then will make his first official visit to Japan on Oct. 25. The Mainichi Shimbun met with Edward Luttwak, military strategist and former member of the U.S. National Security Council (NSC), on Oct. 19 to speak about the Philippine policy of Japan,….Read more

  • October 20, 2016
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Japan to offer to Malaysia patrol boats

Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ has decided to provide Malaysia with two used patrol boats next year with the goal of assisting the Southeast Asian country in enhancing maritime defense in the South China Sea. The formal pledge will be made when Malaysian PM Najib visits Tokyo in mid-November. Kuala Lumpur has been requesting the provision of large patrol boats….Read more

  • October 20, 2016
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UN Security Council issues press statement condemning North Korea

Most Tuesday evening papers wrote that the UN Security Council on Monday issued a press statement strongly denouncing North Korea for its failed ballistic missile launch on Oct. 14. The statement condemned the launch as a serious violation of the resolutions adopted by the council since 2006 and demanded that Pyongyang abide by the resolutions and not conduct any additional….Read more

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South Korea expresses disappointment with Japanese lawmakers’ visit to Yasukuni

Sankei wrote that the South Korean Foreign Ministry released a statement on Tuesday concerning a visit to Yasukuni Shrine by a group of Japanese lawmakers, saying that South Korea cannot help but feel deep concern and disappointment. The statement called on Japanese politicians to express through actions their sincere reflection on Japan’s past history but did not mention Prime Minister….Read more

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Cartoon: Duterte arrives in China

  • October 19, 2016
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Cartoon: Xi Jinping

  • October 19, 2016
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ROK rejected U.S. idea of flying bombers in group with Japan

Asahi wrote that in response to North Korea’s nuclear test on Sept. 9, the U.S. Pacific Command flew B-1B bombers over South Korea on Sept. 13 to apply pressure on Pyongyang. According to a source connected to U.S.-ROK relations, the U.S. had informally sounded out South Korea on the idea of flying South Korean and Japanese bombers in a group….Read more

SCIENCE > Space

China seeks to become “space superpower”

Asahi reported on China’s successful launch of a manned spacecraft on Monday, saying that the mission demonstrates China’s ambition to turn itself into a space superpower. The paper wrote that there is concern among the U.S., Japan, and Europe over China’s growing presence in space development because they have not yet decided whether to continue the International Space Station project….Read more

  • October 18, 2016
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China objects to Abe’s offering to Yasukuni Shrine

Mainichi and Nikkei wrote that a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson commented during a regular press briefing on Monday on Prime Minister Abe’s “masakaki” tree offering to Yasukuni Shrine for its autumn festival. The spokesperson said that “China firmly opposes the senior Japanese government official’s wrong way of doing things.”

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GOJ remains mum on report on living abductee in Pyongyang

Most papers wrote that concerning an earlier press report that Kyoko Matsumoto, a Japanese woman believed to have been abducted by North Korea in 1977, has been admitted to a Red Cross hospital in Pyongyang, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said at a news conference on Monday: “The government has received a variety of information. We will refrain from commenting on….Read more

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