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U.S., Japan, ROK discuss South China Sea, North Korea

Saturday morning’s Asahi wrote that the U.S., Japan, and South Korea held a vice foreign ministerial meeting on July 14 in Hawaii. The paper wrote that Vice President Biden attended the opening of the session and commented on the recent ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration that rejected China’s claims over the South China Sea by reportedly saying that….Read more

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Japan, ROK leaders agree to implement comfort women agreement

Most Saturday morning papers reported on Prime Minister Abe’s brief conversation with South Korean President Park during an ASEM dinner on July 15. The two leaders agreed to implement the Japan-ROK agreement on the comfort women issue and continue to work closely in dealing with North Korea. Abe welcomed the ROK’s decision to deploy the THAAD system in the country.

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Increased activity at North Korean nuclear test site

Monday’s Nikkei and Sankei wrote that South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on July 17 that according to several U.S. and ROK intelligence sources, there have been increased movements of trucks and personnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea since the U.S. and South Korea decided on July 8 to deploy the THAAD system in the ROK.

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Gist of Japan-China summit meeting, July 15

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: There are still difficult issues between Japan and China. We would like to work positively on common issues.

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Man claiming to be North Korean found in Yamaguchi port

Most Sunday papers wrote that a man claiming to have escaped North Korea was found at a port in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on July 16. The man, who claimed to have been born in 1990 but did not have any proof of identity, told the police that he left North Korea on July 13 and jumped off a boat and….Read more

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Former PM Hatoyama to join AIIB advisory panel

Sunday’s Asahi and Mainichi wrote that Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told reporters on July 16 in Beijing that he plans to accept Beijing’s offer of appointing him to an international advisory committee of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Asahi conjectured that China’s offer to Hatoyama is aimed at sending a message to Japan, which along with the United….Read more

  • July 17, 2016
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Transport Minister to visit Malaysia, Singapore to market shinkansen

Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Keiichi Ishii will tour Malaysia and Singapore from July 21 to market the technology of the Shinkansen bullet train system. He is scheduled to meet with key government officials of the two countries and attend symposiums on high-speed railways. Plans are underway to build a high-speed rail system connecting Kuala Lumpur, the capital of….Read more

  • July 16, 2016
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Kishida denies The Hague ruling affects Okinotorishima status

During a press conference on Friday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida remarked on the southern-most island of Okinotorishima (Tokyo), which China claims are “rocks”. Kishida stated, “We understand it is an island under the definition of the International Law of the Sea”.   The court in The Hague ruled that the islands built by China in the South China….Read more

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Top diplomats of Japan, U.S., ROK discuss int’l court ruling on South China Sea

Yomiuri reported online from Honolulu on Thursday’s tripartite vice foreign ministerial meeting among the U.S., Japan, and the ROK, during which the attending officials urged China to respect the recent judgment by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the territorial dispute with the Philippines in the South China Sea. According to the daily, Vice President Biden, who sat in on….Read more

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Japanese, Mongolian leaders agree to step up economic, defense cooperation

Asahi and most other papers reported on Prime Minister Abe’s meeting with Mongolian President Elbegdorj in Ulaanbaatar on July 14, during which the two leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral economic and defense cooperation. Specifically, the two nations agreed on Japan’s plan to post a defense attaché in Mongolia starting next year. Abe expressed Japan’s appreciation for Mongolia’s cooperation in resolving….Read more

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