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Editorial: Files shed light on diplomatic ‘trauma’ from Persian Gulf War

Japan’s diplomatic documents worked out three decades ago during the Persian Gulf crisis, triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in the year after the Cold War ended, were recently declassified and released.   We should closely study the thoughts and actions of politicians and diplomats during that turbulent period, which became a turning point for Japan’s diplomacy.   We should….Read more

  • December 30, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:23 p.m.
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POLITICS

DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Diplomatic secret mission sounded out Soviet’s move in Gulf crisis

As former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone headed on a high-profile mission to Iraq in early November 1990 seeking the release of Japanese hostages, a secret diplomatic mission was also starting.   Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu enlisted Deputy Foreign Minister Hisashi Owada to “have in-depth discussions with other countries” about their views on an international coalition to drive Iraq out of….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:30 p.m.
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Japan to withdraw MSDF destroyer from Middle East

Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government decided Friday to withdraw a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer engaged in intelligence-gathering activities the Middle East to ensure the safe navigation of Japanese vessels.   The government aims to ease the burden on MSDF members as Japan is alert to issues including China’s behavior around Nansei islands in southwestern Japan.     The destroyer dispatch started in February last year based on a request from the United….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:11 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Bush demanded Japan send ‘forces’ for 1990 Gulf crisis, declassified documents confirm

In the wake of the Persian Gulf crisis that began in August 1990, then U.S. President George Bush in effect demanded then Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces, according to diplomatic documents declassified Wednesday.   The documents show Japan was in a difficult position to respond to the international community’s moves prior to the outbreak of the….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

Japan to offer $100 mil. aid to Afghanistan

The Japanese government has decided to offer a fresh aid package to Afghanistan worth about 100 million dollars.   More than four months after the Taliban Islamist group took control of the country, the economy is in turmoil. Sixty percent of the population does not have sufficient food. Afghans are also facing drought, poverty and the effects of the COVID-19….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , NHK WORLD
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Kishida to seek improvement of Japan’s overseas rescue operations  

Nikkei and Asahi wrote that Prime Minister Kishida said at a Lower House Budget Committee session on Monday that he will consider revising the SDF law to improve Japan’s rescue operations overseas following the SDF operation in Afghanistan in August that was aimed at evacuating around 500 people wishing to leave Afghanistan, including local citizens who worked for the Japanese….Read more

SOCIETY > Human Rights

Afghan evacuees to be allowed into Japan despite COVID border rules

TOKYO – Afghan staff of Japanese organizations who wish to evacuate from Afghanistan will be granted special permission to enter Japan in an exemption from current COVID-19 border restrictions, government sources said Wednesday.   The decision, which applies to staff at the now-closed Japanese Embassy in Kabul and workers of the Japan International Cooperation Agency as well as their families,….Read more

  • December 8, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 6:15 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

Japan Expo minister cancels visit to Dubai event

Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)–Kenji Wakamiya, Japanese minister for the 2025 World Exposition in the western Japan city of Osaka, on Friday announced the cancellation of his plan to visit the United Arab Emirates for upcoming “Japan Day” during the ongoing Dubai Expo.   He made the decision as the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is starting to spread….Read more

  • December 3, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:31 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

FM Hayashi speaks with Iranian counterpart 

Yomiuri and Mainichi wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi spoke by phone with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian for about 35 minutes on Thursday. The two officials exchanged views about Iran’s indirect talks with the United States on the Iran nuclear deal and agreed to maintain close communications. According to a briefing by the Foreign Ministry, Hayashi urged Iran to return to the nuclear accord soon and address….Read more

  • December 3, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan to bring warship home from Middle East

Mainichi reported on the disclosure by a GOJ source that the current deployment of an MSDF destroyer to escort Japanese commercial vessels in the Middle East will be terminated by the end of this month so the warship can be called home to counter China’s robust naval operations around Japan.

  • December 2, 2021
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