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Japan, France discuss regional, global security challenges 

According to Sankei, Japan and France convened a meeting of senior defense and foreign affairs officials in Tokyo yesterday and agreed that North Korea’s latest missile test must not be condoned. They also discussed a range of security issues, such as China’s maritime advancement, the situation in Afghanistan, and Iran’s nuclear development. They confirmed that they will arrange for their defense and foreign ministers to hold….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
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Two Russian deputy premiers wrap up three-day visit to Northern Territories

On Oct. 17, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of the Government Staff Dmitry Grigorenko and Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin completed their visit to the islands of Etorofu and Shikotan in the Northern Territories. The deputy prime ministers, who arrived at Etorofu on Oct. 15, stayed in the territories for three days, which is unusually long given that Russian….Read more


Chinese, Russian warships jointly pass Japan chokepoint for 1st time

TOKYO/NEW YORK — Ten naval vessels belonging to China and Russia passed through a narrow chokepoint in the north of Japan, Tokyo’s Defense Ministry said Monday.   The warships sailed eastward toward the Pacific Ocean, likely as part of “Naval Interaction 2021,” a joint maritime exercise the two navies are conducting this month.   This is the first time that….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:21 a.m.
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Senior Russian officials travel to Northern Territories

According to all national papers, the GOJ protested two Russian vice premiers’ visit to Etorofu on Friday by saying that the visit was “incompatible” with Japan’s position on the Northern Territories. The Russian politicians reportedly met with local business leaders on future investment in the disputed islands with the goal of converting the territories into a special economic zone. 

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GOJ protests senior Russian officials’ visit to Northern Territories

Kyodo reported that Russian deputy prime ministers Dmitry Grigorenko and Marat Khusnullin visited Etorofu (Iturup) in the Northern Territories today. Kyodo said this is the first visit by senior Russian officials to the disputed island since the launch of the Kishida administration and is aimed at keeping Japan in check. Kyodo wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi told the press today….Read more

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British Embassy in Tokyo to sell part of land to Mitsubishi Estate

YOSHIHIRO HARA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese property developer Mitsubishi Estate has won negotiating rights to buy land from the British Embassy in Tokyo, potentially as part of plans to build luxury condominiums.   The two sides have entered negotiations after a round of bidding that started with about five major real estate companies. At stake is a….Read more

  • October 15, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:31 a.m.
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Britain may lift import restrictions on Japanese food

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)–British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to consider lifting his country’s import restrictions on Japanese food products in a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday.     Kishida expressed hope that the restrictions on the products, including those made in Fukushima Prefecture, will be removed as early as possible based on scientific grounds.….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:33 p.m.
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Japan, UK leaders confirm stronger bilateral partnership 

All national dailies except Mainichi reported that Prime Minister Kishida and his British counterpart Johnson held a teleconference yesterday and agreed to strengthen and deepen the bilateral partnership on both the regional and global levels. They reportedly welcomed what they called the “quantum deepening” of mutual defense cooperation, as exemplified by the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s recent visit to Japan, affirming that defense partnership has entered a “new phase.” The….Read more

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Two senior Russian officials to visit Northern Territories 

Sankei published a Kyodo piece from Vladivostok on a Russian government plan to dispatch two vice premiers to Etorofu Island in the near future, saying that they are expected to survey a local hospital and a fisheries plant and exchange views with local businessmen on investment in the disputed territories.    

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Japan, Russia leaders agree to move forward with peace treaty talks

All national papers wrote that Prime Minister Kishida spoke by phone with Russian President Putin on Thursday and confirmed promoting bilateral peace treaty negotiations based on a range of previous agreements. They voiced hope for holding an in-person meeting in the near future.

  • October 8, 2021
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