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President Putin signs decree to replace operating body of Sakhalin-2 with new Russian firm

NHK reported this morning that President Putin signed a decree on Thursday to replace Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, the body that operates the “Sakhalin-2” gas and oil project in Russia’s Far East, with a newly established Russian firm. According to the report, Putin signed the decree in response to a “threat to Russia’s national interest and economic security.” The network….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Japanese food much loved in U.K.

By Julia Longbottom / British Ambassador to Japan / Special to The Yomiuri Shimbun   On 29 June, following a rigorous science-based review, the U.K. lifted all remaining restrictions on food imports from Japan put in place following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.   I understand the significance of this news for Japan. More than 11 years since the tragic….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 1:00 a.m.
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Turkey supports NATO membership for Finland, Sweden in return for U.S. security cooperation

NHK reported that President Biden held bilateral talks with Turkish President Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Spain on Wednesday. The network said that at the outset of the talks, President Biden thanked Erdogan for his nation’s support for the efforts by Sweden and Finland to join NATO by altering its negative stance on the matter. NHK….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
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NATO Secretary-General: Strengthening our partnership with Japan

I am honored to welcome Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to our NATO summit in Madrid on June 29. This is the first time leaders from our four Indo-Pacific partners — Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the South Korea — will participate together in a NATO summit. We will discuss ways to strengthen our cooperation, faced with the most serious security….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Local media uncertain about viability of proposed price caps on Russian oil

All national papers other than Sankei highlighted the G7 agreement on exploring ways to impose price caps on Russian petroleum in an attempt to limit Moscow’s ability to finance its war in Ukraine, wondering whether it is possible to establish a viable mechanism. According to Asahi, an unnamed senior GOJ official voiced skepticism by saying: “Russia probably will not sell….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Japan gov’t paper calls for strengthening supply chains

Tokyo, June 28 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government report on Tuesday underlined the need to strengthen supply chains for important goods such as semiconductors at a time when the global economy is facing growing risks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the novel coronavirus pandemic.     Damage to supply chains from COVID-19 lockdowns, abnormal weather and the Ukraine crisis is causing….Read more

  • June 28, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 12:30 p.m.
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UK to lift import restrictions on food products from Fukushima 

All national dailies wrote that British Prime Minister Johnson told Prime Minister Kishida on Tuesday in Elmau, Germany, that his nation will lift on Wednesday its import restrictions on Japanese food products imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Johnson said at the outset of the meeting on the fringes of the G7 summit: “I’m delighted that….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Profile of new Lithuanian ambassador to Japan Aurelijus Zykas

Newly appointed Lithuanian ambassador to Japan Aurelijus Zykas is regarded as a leading young Japanese language scholar in Lithuania, one of the three Baltic states. In late May, he assumed the ambassadorship, a post he says he had never imagined he would be selected for. Zykas was informally offered the post by the vice foreign minister, a former ambassador to….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Japan, EU confirm close security cooperation

Yomiuri reported on a meeting between Prime Minister Kishida and European Council President Michel held on the sidelines of the G7 summit on Monday, during which they shared the view that maintaining security in Europe and the Indo-Pacific is essential and agreed to work closely to defend the international order. Kishida reportedly thanked Michel for visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial….Read more

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Leaders of Japan, Germany agree on importance of security in Europe, Indo-Pacific

NHK reported online this morning that visiting Prime Minister Kishida and German Chancellor Scholz met on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany on Sunday evening and exchanged views on Ukraine, climate change, and energy. Amid Russia’s months-long invasion of Ukraine, the two leaders reportedly agreed on the notion that maintaining security is essential for Europe and the Indo-Pacific….Read more

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