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U.S., UK, China, ROK, Russia react to Japan’s Upper House election results

International media paid keen attention to Japan’s ruling parties’ victory in the House of Councillors election, many of them reporting this in newsflashes.   In light of the Japanese ruling bloc’s victory, the Obama administration plans to continue to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance based on the security laws authorizing Japan’s limited exercise of the right to collective self-defense. It is….Read more

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Abe to seek Putin’s visit to Japan this year

Most Saturday papers wrote that Prime Minister Abe commented on the possibility of Russian President Putin visiting Japan by the end of this year during a stump speech delivered in Sapporo on July 8. Abe reportedly said that he would like to make progress in resolving the Northern Territories issue and concluding a peace treaty with Russia by inviting President….Read more

  • July 9, 2016
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EU ambassador says EPA with Japan likely to be concluded this year

In light of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), EU Ambassador to Japan Viorel Isticioaia-Budura held a press conference on July 5 at the Japan National Press Club. The ambassador indicated that the EU will steadily conduct the negotiations with Japan on an economic partnership agreement (EPA) that are now underway. He said, “We have reaffirmed with Japan….Read more

  • July 6, 2016
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Japan, Russia hold security talks

Yomiuri wrote on Tuesday that visiting MOFA Foreign Policy Bureau Director General Ishikane discussed security issues with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Monday, noting that this was the first time in two years for the two governments to resume the security consultations that were disrupted following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in the spring of 2014. The Japanese official apparently….Read more

  • July 5, 2016
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Senior Japanese diplomat discusses Brexit with EU officials

NHK reported online this morning that Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama held talks with senior EU diplomats in Brussels on Thursday and pledged mutual efforts to minimize the adverse effects of Brexit on the global economy. They also agreed to make additional efforts to conclude a bilateral economic partnership agreement this year.

  • July 1, 2016
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Japan, Russia to hold security talks on July 4

Yomiuri wrote that the governments of Japan and Russia agreed on June 30 to hold vice-ministerial security talks on July 4 in Moscow. The GOJ intends to develop trust with Moscow by increasing security transparency in order to pave the way for resolving the Northern Territories issue. MOFA Foreign Policy Bureau Director-General Ishikane will lead the Japanese delegation.

  • July 1, 2016
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Japanese, UK officials agree to minimize impact of Brexit

NHK reported this morning on a meeting in London on June 29 between Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama and British Minister of State Swire. The two officials agreed that Japan and the UK will work closely to minimize Brexit’s impact on their economic and security relations. Sugiyama held a separate meeting with a senior official at the British Ministry of Defense.

  • June 30, 2016
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Kishida discusses Brexit with British counterpart

Several papers wrote that Foreign Minister Kishida spoke by phone on Wednesday with British Foreign Secretary Hammond and called for the UK to make additional efforts to ensure smooth business operations by Japanese companies there. The Japanese official also called for the UK to make continued contributions to peace and security around the world, including the Asia-Pacific region. Hammond pledged….Read more

  • June 30, 2016
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Senior officials of U.S., Japan confirm close cooperation following Brexit

NHK reported this morning that visiting Vice Foreign Minister Sugiyama met with Deputy Secretary of State Blinken at the State Department on Monday . Sugiyama was quoted as telling reporters after the meeting that they discussed the British referendum on leaving the EU and shared the view that the UK is an important partner with which both nations have strong….Read more

  • June 28, 2016
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Top British diplomat calls for continued cooperation with Japan

Yomiuri and Sankei reported on a meeting held yesterday between Foreign Minister Kishida and British Ambassador Tim Hitchens, during which they discussed the repercussions of Brexit. The British envoy relayed to Kishida a message from Foreign Secretary Hammond, who said: “UK-Japan relations are broad and deep. The more we cooperate, the bigger our prosperity becomes. We acknowledge and support the….Read more

  • June 28, 2016
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