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Russian foreign minister to visit Japan “within two to three months” 

Sankei reported from Moscow on Saturday that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov held a New Year’s press conference on Friday and disclosed that he is coordinating with the Japanese side to visit Japan “within two to three months.” The Russian foreign minister also reportedly reiterated his view that the U.S.-Japan alliance is becoming a hindrance to signing a peace treaty between Japan and Russia.….Read more

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Japan, France to hold virtual “2+2” meeting as early as this week 

Nikkei reported on Monday that the GOJ is making arrangements to hold a virtual “2+2” meeting with France as early as this week. The daily said Tokyo is expected to confirm expanding its defense cooperation with France, which is increasing its engagement in the Indo-Pacific, to deter China. 


Russian media publishes doctored translation of comments by Japanese readers

By Kimoto Harumi, Kato Akiko, and Hatta Kosuke   A Russian media outlet connected to the Russian government has been tampering with reader comments posted on Japanese news service “Yahoo News” when translating them into Russian for posting. Yahoo News is operated by Yahoo! Japan, the largest portal site in Japan. The Mainichi Shimbun found multiple cases where original Japanese….Read more

  • January 1, 2022
  • , Mainichi , Lead
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Putin eager for dialogue with Kishida

Moscow, Dec. 30 (Jiji Press)–Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his eagerness to hold dialogue with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the presidential office said Thursday.   In a New Year message to Kishida, Putin said the constructive development of Japan-Russia relations will meet the interests of the people of the two countries and contribute to safety and stability in….Read more


Japan to weigh limits on surveillance tech exports with U.S., EU

TOMOHIRO EBUCHI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan will consider partnering with the U.S. and Europe to restrict exports of advanced surveillance technology that enables authoritarian states to violate human rights on a wide scale, Nikkei has learned.   The U.S. has announced multilateral initiatives aimed at tightening controls on facial-recognition systems and similar equipment to prevent abuses by….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:59 a.m.
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PM Kishida, European Commission president confirm stronger cooperation 

Yomiuri reported on Saturday on a teleconference between Prime Minister Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held on Friday during which they agreed to further strengthen cooperation toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific. According to the daily, Kishida also called on the EU to abolish its restrictions on imports of Japanese food products that were imposed after the Fukushima nuclear accident. 

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan, France postpone 2-plus-2 security talks to next year

PARIS – Japan and France have postponed their planned ministerial security talks originally meant to be held by year-end to next year, a senior French defense official said Thursday, citing a scheduling conflict.   The postponement of the meeting involving the two countries’ foreign and defense ministers means a three-year hiatus since their last two-plus-two talks in January 2019, due….Read more

  • December 17, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 5:45 a.m.
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Kishida speaks by phone with new German leader 

Yomiuri and Mainichi highlighted a teleconference between Prime Minister Kishida and new German Chancellor Scholz on Tuesday at which they agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation on a range of issues, including national and regional security, nuclear arms reduction, and nonproliferation. In reply to a remark from the prime minister voicing his wish to attach importance to Japan’s relations with the….Read more

  • December 15, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Japan, France begin informal talks on access deal for joint drills

Tokyo–Japan and France have started informal talks on a deal that would enhance interoperability and collaboration between the armed forces of both countries, the French ambassador to Japan said Monday.   The early-stage discussion for the so-called Reciprocal Access Agreement comes as Paris has island territories in the Indo-Pacific region, where China’s military influence is growing.   If France enters….Read more

  • December 13, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 3:38 p.m.
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Russia’s “hardline” approach and pro-Russian state minister cast shadow over MOFA

The launch of the Kishida administration is likely to exacerbate Russia’s already hardline approach toward Japan. According to a Japanese diplomatic source, the administration of Kishida Fumio, like the one led by Suga Yoshihide, is not “much interested in Japan-Russia diplomatic relations.” This is unlike Abe administration, which left a “negative legacy” by allowing Russia to lead it by the….Read more

  • December 1, 2021
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