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Japan to ban Russian gold imports from Aug. 1

Mainichi reported that the Finance Ministry announced on Monday that Japan will ban imports of Russian gold starting on Aug. 1 as an additional sanction against Russia. The paper noted that in addition to the Russian gold import ban, the GOJ agreed at the cabinet meeting on July 5 to suspend the provision of trust and accounting services to Russia….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , Mainichi
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Ex-residents of Russian-held isles pray for ancestors from ocean

Sapporo, July 23 (Jiji Press)–Former Japanese residents of Russian-controlled northwestern Pacific islands claimed by Japan mourned their ancestors while aboard a ship on Saturday as a visa-free visit program sponsored by the Japanese and Russian governments has been suspended amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.     The offshore memorial service, which started on the day, will take place a total of 10 times until….Read more

POLITICS

GOJ plans not to allow Russian President Putin to attend Abe’s state funeral

Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Mainichi reported on Saturday that several GOJ sources disclosed on Friday that the GOJ is making arrangements not to allow Russian President Putin to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe. The papers said senior Russian government officials, including President Putin, are banned from entering Japan under the sanctions imposed on Russia over its invasion….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Japanese, Irish leaders confirm continued support for Ukraine 

Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida held an in-person meeting with his visiting Irish counterpart Martin at the Kantei on Wednesday. This was the first time for leaders of the two countries to hold bilateral talks since 2013. According to the papers, the two leaders confirmed that Japan and Ireland will continue to support Ukraine and….Read more

  • July 21, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Japan, Ireland agree any unilateral attempt to change status quo unacceptable

NHK reported that Prime Minister Kishida met with visiting Irish Prime Minister Martin at the Kantei today, saying that the two leaders strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and agreed that any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force is not acceptable anywhere in the world. On Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kishida reportedly said: “It is an outrageous….Read more

ECONOMY > Energy

Russia’s nuclear fuel dominance impedes Western energy independence

JUNTARO ARAI, Nikkei staff writer, and KAZUNARI HANAWA, Nikkei climate change editor   TOKYO — Russia’s large share in the nuclear fuel market presents a major challenge for Western nations as they try to achieve energy independence from Moscow by moving away from oil and gas.   Converting uranium extracted from mines to fuel for nuclear reactors takes three to….Read more

  • July 19, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:56 a.m.
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ECONOMY > Energy

GOJ inclined to support continued investment in Russian LNG project 

The weekend editions of Nikkei and Mainichi reported that the GOJ has sounded out Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui & Co. on retaining their stakes in Sakhalin-2 even after the present consortium operating the offshore natural gas drilling project is transferred to a new company to be launched by the Russian government. Although Moscow will have the final say on whether the….Read more

  • July 17, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Russia bans entry of over 380 Japanese parliamentarians

The Saturday editions of all national papers took up a Russian Foreign Ministry announcement on Friday that a total of 384 Japanese Lower House legislators will not be allowed to visit Russia beginning on July 14 on the grounds that they have “taken unfriendly, anti-Russian attitudes and leveled groundless criticism against the Putin administration” over the situation in Ukraine. Former….Read more

  • July 16, 2022
  • , All national papers
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SECURITY

Foreign ministers of Japan, Germany agree to enhance joint response capabilities

Nikkei and Mainichi reported that Foreign Minister Hayashi met with his German counterpart Baerbock in Tokyo on Monday. The two ministers reportedly agreed to enhance the joint response capabilities of Japan and Germany in light of China’s military buildup in the Indo-Pacific region. Nikkei said they also agreed to begin intergovernmental talks on security policy in 2023.

  • July 12, 2022
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POLITICS

French leader pays tribute to Abe

According to NHK, French President Macron visited the Japanese Embassy in Paris on Monday and signed a condolence book there. He wrote that France has lost an important person and friend. “Abe was a politician who served Japan and the Japanese people with courage and bravery,” the French leader told the press afterward. “I would like to express my condolences,….Read more

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