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Abe pledges efforts to resolve abduction issue with cooperation of U.S.

Sunday’s Sankei wrote that during stump speeches in Niigata on June 18, Prime Minister Abe pledged the GOJ’s continued efforts to resolve the abduction issue with the cooperation of the U.S.  

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Debris likely from DPRK missile washes ashore in Tottori

Asahi and most other Saturday papers reported on an announcement on Friday by the government of Tottori Prefecture that debris likely from a North Korean missile washed ashore in the prefecture. A metallic object, measuring about 1.8 meters in length and 1.2 m in width, was found on June 16 by a prefectural government official. The object reportedly resembles an….Read more

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Cabinet ministers comment on Chinese Navy ship’s intrusion into Japanese waters

NHK reported this afternoon that Foreign Minister Kishida said at a press conference today that the GOJ has “relayed its concern” over the entry of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) spy ship into the Japanese territorial waters on June 15 and said that Tokyo will continue to remain calm to avoid escalating the situation and take all-out measures….Read more

  • June 17, 2016
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Editorial: China must halt hostile actions immediately

The Japanese people are appalled and angry. If China wants to be a good member of the international community, the PRC should never repeat such an act that is tantamount to barging into a neighbor’s house with one’s shoes on.   A PLA Navy intelligence collection ship intruded into Japan’s territorial waters near Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. A patrol….Read more

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Frank Hsieh, head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan

Profile: Hsieh Chang-ting (Frank Hsieh), 70, cofounded Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party in 1986. After serving on the Legislative Yuan and heading the DPP, he was premier of the Republic of China in 2005–06.   Hsieh is a true pro-Japan politician. When asked why he aspired to politics, he offered a surprising response: “To gain freedom, liberation, and rights. A spirit….Read more

  • June 17, 2016
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Chinese warship passes through contiguous waters off Okinawa again

All papers reported on an MOD announcement on Thursday that a PLA Navy spy ship entered contiguous waters in the vicinity of Kitadaito Island east of the main island of Okinawa yesterday afternoon and stayed there for about an hour. As this ship also intruded into Japan’s territorial waters around Kuchinoerabu Island off Kagoshima on Wednesday, MOFA Asian and Oceanian….Read more

  • June 17, 2016
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U.S. remains mum on escalated Chinese naval operations off Okinawa

Sankei wrote from Washington that the U.S. has apparently exercised restraint in responding to escalated provocations by the PLA Navy around Okinawa, speculating that Washington is being put in an awkward position since criticism of the Chinese operations would probably backfire by undermining its justification for “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea. The daily warned that if….Read more

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Gov’t alarmed by China’s provocations in Japanese waters, mulls summit talks

A Chinese naval vessel intruded into Japanese territorial waters off Kagoshima Prefecture on June 15. This came after the intrusion into the contiguous zone near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa on June 9. The government is seriously alarmed by this series of provocations on Japan’s periphery. However, Japan does not want its relations with China to deteriorate. It wants to….Read more

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Chinese ship operated in Japan’s territorial waters for 90 minutes

All papers carried follow-up reports on a Chinese Navy intelligence-gathering ship’s intrusion on Wednesday into Japan’s territorial waters off Kuchinoerabu Island off Kagoshima, noting that it stayed in the territorial waters for about 90 minutes, perhaps in an attempt to locate Indian warships that were participating in a trilateral exercise with Japan and the U.S. While reporting that a separate….Read more

  • June 16, 2016
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Japan deeply apprehensive over China’s continued provocations

All dailies wrote that Tokyo is extremely alarmed by the latest incident since it came only six days after Japan lodged a protest against a Chinese frigate’s passage through contiguous waters in the vicinity of the Senkakus. Mainichi quoted an unnamed senior MOD official as saying: “China is likely to establish one fait accompli after another.” According to Asahi, GOJ….Read more

  • June 16, 2016
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