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Russian spy ship spotted in Japan’s contiguous waters near Okinotori Island

Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday that an intelligence-gathering ship of the Russian navy entered Japan’s contiguous waters near the nation’s southernmost island of Okinotori Island in the Pacific on Wednesday. This was the first time for the ministry to publicly release information about a Russian naval ship’s movements near the island. The….Read more

  • July 7, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Further provision of weapons could turn Ukraine into another Afghanistan

The biweekly economic magazine President carried a column by diplomat-turned nonfiction writer Sato Masaru referring to the looming possibility of Ukraine becoming another Afghanistan, where Stinger surface-to-air missiles and other weapons provided by the United States to the mujahideen in the 1980s to defeat the Soviet military later ended up in the hands of Al Qaeda and other Islamic insurgents.….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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Japan wants Russia to explain Sakhalin-2 project move

Tokyo, July 5 (Jiji Press)–Japan has been calling on Russia to explain its decision to transfer rights to the Sakhalin-2 oil and natural gas development project, which is partly owned by Japanese companies, to a new Russian company, industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said Tuesday.     The Japanese government is working to collect information on the Russian presidential decree, including on stakes held in the….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Gazprom proposes adding LNG to rubles-for-gas scheme 

Nikkei and Mainichi wrote that Interfax reported on Tuesday that Russian gas producer Gazprom has proposed expanding its rubles-for-gas scheme for pipeline gas to include LNG. Noting that 8.8% of Japan’s LNG imports in 2021 came from Russia and many Japanese importers of Russian gas pay in dollars, the papers wrote that this could affect Japan’s imports of LNG from….Read more

  • July 6, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Quad energy ministerial meeting to be held in Australia

NHK and Nikkei reported on the disclosure by Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda today that he plans to attend a meeting of the energy ministers of the Quad members to be convened in Sydney on July 13. The official reportedly expressed hope to discuss with his counterparts how to ensure a stable supply of energy in response to the Russian….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Beijing-based Western envoys exchange harsh words with Russian diplomat

Asahi took up an international symposium on world peace held in Beijing on Monday at which U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns and his UK and French counterparts engaged in a heated debate on the situation in Ukraine with their Russian counterpart. The U.S. envoy categorically dismissed Moscow’s narrative holding NATO’s eastward expansion responsible for its “defensive” war in Ukraine, underscoring that….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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Russia move on Sakhalin-2 thrusts Japan into an energy dilemma

DAISUKE SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Russia’s decision to wrest control of the Sakhalin-2 energy project has brought Japan closer to losing a valuable fuel supply right at a time when the country’s electrical grid can least afford it.   Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order Thursday mandating Sakhalin-2 assets be transferred to a newly established Russian company. The oil and natural gas….Read more

  • July 2, 2022
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VOX POPULI: Putin’s decree to ‘seize’ control of Sakhalin-2 is bad news for Japan

Karafuto, as Sakhalin was formerly known, was home to 400,000 Japanese before World War II.   On the eve of Japan’s defeat in August 1945, Soviet forces invaded Karafuto and seized its official installations, railways, schools and factories.   The Japanese word for “seize” (sesshyu) is written with two kanji characters which, by themselves, do no denote anything violent or sinister.….Read more

  • July 2, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Groundbreaking NATO summit means work for Japan

This week, NATO week held one of the most important summits in the trans-Atlantic security alliance’s history.   NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called it a “historic and transformative” meeting that produced a commitment to strengthen defenses against a revisionist Russia. Its new Strategic Concept, its guiding framework, highlighted the unity of global challenges, identifying China as a threat for the….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Putin’s decision on Sakhalin-2 project rattles Japan

The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported extensively on Russian President Putin’s signing on Thursday an order mandating Sakhalin-2 assets be transferred to a newly established Russian company. The oil and natural gas development project in Russia’s Far East, whose stakeholders include Japanese trading houses Mitsui & Co. and Mitsubishi Corp., supplies about 10% of Japan’s LNG.   Prime….Read more

  • July 2, 2022
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