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Kishida, Yoon confirm cooperation in resuming three-way summits with China 

NHK reported on Sunday on a meeting between Prime Minister Kishida and ROK President Yoon held in India earlier in the day. The two leaders talked about the bilateral summits held since President Yoon was inaugurated as well as the trilateral summit between the United States in August and the G20 Summit in India, welcoming their two nations’ close cooperation. According….Read more


President Yoon begins saying “ROK-Japan-China” instead of “ROK-China-Japan” 

Yomiuri reported on Saturday that ROK President Yoon has changed from referring to Japan, South Korea, and China as “ROK-China-Japan” to “ROK-Japan-China,” drawing the attention of South Korean media outlets. The paper said a ROK government source explained that South Korea is “cooperating more closely with the United States and Japan” than China while the news channel YTN reported that the….Read more


GOJ to strengthen dissemination of information on Senkakus, Takeshima 

Sunday’s Yomiuri reported that the GOJ will strengthen the dissemination of information to demonstrate to the world that the Senkaku Islands, Takeshima Islands, and Northern Territories are part of Japanese territory. The paper said the GOJ plans to actively provide information to foreign experts and hold seminars for foreigners living in Japan. The daily said the move is aimed at….Read more

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PM Kishida leaves Indonesia for India

NHK reported that Prime Minister Kishida departed Indonesia at about 11 a.m. today for India, where he will attend the G20 Summit. The network said the G20 Summit is expected to focus on the food security crisis and other global issues such as development and digitalization, adding that based on the achievements at the G7 Hiroshima Summit, Kishida is expected….Read more

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Culture ministers of Japan, ROK, China agree to strengthen youth exchanges

NHK reported that the culture ministers from Japan, South Korea, and China met in person for the first time in four years in Jeonju, South Korea, today and agreed to strengthen cultural exchanges among youth and cooperate in developing tourism content utilizing the arts. The network said the meeting was attended by Culture Minister Nagaoka and her Chinese and South….Read more


Cook Islands support Fukushima water release

JAKARTA — On Sept. 7, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio held a brief conversation with Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown and sought his understanding for the release of treated water from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. *We support Japan’s initiative,” said Prime Minister Brown. “We will continue to cooperate closely with Japan.* (Abridged)        

  • September 8, 2023
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan, Indonesia expand cooperation over maritime security, energy

JAKARTA – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed Thursday to step up bilateral cooperation in fields such as maritime security, green energy and infrastructure development.   In a joint statement on comprehensive strategic partnership released after their meeting in Jakarta, the leaders affirmed the expanded partnership will “place greater emphasis on concrete cooperation for the….Read more

  • September 8, 2023
  • , Kyodo News , 01:36 a.m.
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FOCUS — Fukushima water discharge unlikely to impact Tokyo-Seoul ties: expert

By Ko Hirano   TOKYO — The release into the Pacific Ocean of treated radioactive water from a crippled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan is unlikely to have a major impact on Tokyo-Seoul relations and become a key issue in next spring’s general election in South Korea, according to a South Korean scholar.   Polls in South Korea show the….Read more


Japan, United States exchange barbs with China, Russia at East Asia Summit 

All national papers reported on the East Asia Summit held in Jakarta on Thursday, with Yomiuri saying that 18 nations, including Japan, the United States, China, and Russia, exchanged barbs over the situation in the South China Sea and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During the meeting that was closed to the press, Prime Minister Kishida reportedly expressed opposition to “unilateral attempts….Read more

  • September 8, 2023
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Leaders of United States, Japan, Philippines hold talks in Jakarta 

Mainichi and Nikkei reported that Prime Minister Kishida held a brief meeting with Philippine President Marcos and Vice President Harris in Jakarta on Wednesday, saying that this was the first time for the leaders of the three nations to hold talks together. According to the paper, they exchanged views on the situation in the South China Sea, where China is….Read more

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