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Mitsui, Mitsubishi cut value of stakes in Sakhalin-2 energy project 

All national dailies wrote that Mitsui & Co. and Mitsubishi Corp. said on Tuesday that they have cut the value of their stakes in the Sakhalin-2 oil and natural gas project in the Russian Far East by a combined 217.7 billion yen ($1.7 billion) — Mitsui by 136.6 billion yen and Mitsubishi by 81.1 billion yen. They cited growing business uncertainty….Read more

  • August 3, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Russian ambassador to Japan to visit Hiroshima tomorrow

TV Asahi reported this morning that it learned that Russian Ambassador to Japan Galuzin will visit Hiroshima on Thursday and lay a wreath at the cenotaph for the A-bomb victims. The network said the City of Hiroshima did not invite Russia to the annual memorial ceremony to be held later this week on account of its invasion of Ukraine.

INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Japanese firms rushing to find alternative to Sakhalin-2 LNG

By Nagata Takehiko   A month has passed since Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to transfer the operation of the Sakhalin-2 oil and natural gas development project, in which two Japanese trading firms have stakes, to a new Russian firm. Japan intends to retain its interests in the project, but the likelihood of Russia cutting the supply….Read more

  • August 1, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 11
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SECURITY

Russian frigate passes through Soya Strait

Yomiuri reported that the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that a Russian navy frigate entered waters about 50 km north of Cape Soya, Hokkaido, and passed through the Soya Strait at about 6 p.m. on July 29. The paper also said a Chinese navy missile destroyer vessel was spotted about 140 km north of Miyakojima, Okinawa, on July 30….Read more

  • August 2, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

President Putin pledges to “use all possible means” to defend waters around Northern Territories

All networks reported at noon that President Putin signed an executive order approving a new Maritime Doctrine on Sunday during a celebration in St. Petersburg to mark Russia’s Navy Day. He said in a speech that the waters around Russian-held islands, including the Northern Territories, are “strategically important” and pledged to use “all possible means” to defend these waters. The….Read more

  • August 1, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Japan protests planned Russian military training on disputed islands

Yomiuri highlighted the disclosure by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Isozaki on Thursday that the GOJ has filed a protest with the Russian government over its military training scheduled for late August in and around the Northern Territories. Japan reportedly demanded that the disputed islands be excluded from the exercise.

SECURITY

Russia to hold Vostok-2022 military drills in Far East region

Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote that the Russian military announced on Tuesday that it will hold the Vostok-2022 military drills in the nation’s Far East region from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. This will be the first time since 2018 for the Russian military to conduct the annual exercises in this region. The papers speculated that since Kunashiri and Etorofu Islands….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Opinion: CPTPP trade pact will be better with U.K. inside

By Graham Zebedee and Natalie Black   Graham Zebedee is chief U.K. negotiator for accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. Natalie Black is Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific.   British officials are in Tokyo this week, meeting with representatives from some of the most dynamic economies in the world — the 11 nations that comprise the….Read more

  • July 27, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:00 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Russia wants to hand over bodies of two Japanese tour boat accident victims on Sakhalin  

Mainichi, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara told reporters on Tuesday that Russian authorities have conveyed their wish to hand over the two bodies that washed ashore on Russian-controlled Kunashiri Island after a Japanese tour boat sank off the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido in April. Kihara said that Russia has proposed returning the bodies on Sakhalin.….Read more

  • July 27, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japan raps Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian port

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Sunday issued a statement strongly condemning Russian missile strikes on the port of Odesa in southern Ukraine on Saturday.     The strikes “seriously undermine confidence” in implementing an agreement reached Friday among Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and Turkey to resume grain exports from Ukraine, the statement said.     Hayashi said he “strongly….Read more

  • July 25, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 9:57 a.m.
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