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Companies traveling with Foreign Minister Kishida in Iran

(Nikkei: October 10, 2015 – p. 2)   Major corporations among   the 22 companies/organizations   accompanying the foreign minister in Iran Energy: INPEX Corporation, JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. Engineering: Chiyoda Corporation, Toyo Engineering Corporation Automobiles: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Medical care: Fujifilm Holdings Corporation Trading Companies: Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Corporation,….Read more

  • 2015-10-13 15:00:00
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Japanese companies race to carve out their piece of the Iranian market

(Nikkei: October 7, 2015 – p. 6)    By Takeshi Kumon in Tehran    Seeing the lifting of Western economic sanctions on the horizon, companies from nations around the world are moving quickly to gain a share of the Iranian market. Opening on Oct. 5 in the capital, Iran’s largest industrial trade fair attracted more than 300 foreign companies from….Read more

  • 2015-10-07 15:00:00
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Japan takes cautious stance on receiving Syrian refugees

(Kanagawa Shimbun: October 5, 2015 – p. 2)    As Europe watches Syrian refugees stream across its borders, the Japanese government is showing reluctance to accommodate asylum seekers. Behind this is the concern, according to a Japanese government source, that “foreigners have different languages and customs and their presence would inevitably impact the lifestyle of the Japanese if the nation….Read more

  • 2015-10-06 15:00:00
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Gov’t looking into possibility of accepting young Syrian refugees as students

(Asahi: September 25, 2015 – p. 4)    The government is looking into the possibility of accepting young Syrian people as students at Japanese schools as part of its efforts to support refugees from the Middle East. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice are working on specific conditions, such as the number of people to be….Read more

  • 2015-09-25 15:00:00
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Accepting Syrian refugees would benefit Japan

(Nikkei: September 17, 2015 – p.9)    By Saburo Takizawa, professor at the Graduate School of Tokyo Eiwa University, Japan’s representative to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2007 and 2008.    The ongoing refugee issue in Europe is more serious than that of Indo-Chinese refugees in the late 1970s and that of Bosnia and Herzegovina in….Read more

  • 2015-09-17 15:00:00
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Editorial: Japan too should take humanitarian measures for Syrian refugees

(Sankei: September 16, 2015 – p.2)    Refugees from Syria in the Middle East who have evacuated to surrounding countries are now flowing into Europe. A photograph of a drowned boy washed up on a beach from a wrecked smuggler boat from Turkey shocked leaders in European countries.    However, each country is concerned about accepting numerous refugees in a….Read more

  • 2015-09-16 15:00:00
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USAID senior coordinator pledges efforts to empower women in Afghanistan

(Mainichi: August 31, 2015 – p. 8)    In an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Susan Markham commented on support for women’s entry into the workforce in Afghanistan: “(In order to) nurture people needed by society, I hope to create….Read more

  • 2015-08-31 15:00:00
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Iranian ambassador says “no grounds for Iran to blockade Strait of Hormuz”

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 24, 2015 – p. 2)    Iranian Ambassador to Japan Reza Nazarahari held a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on July 23. At the press meeting, the ambassador commented on the fact that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cited the blockade of the Strait of Hormuz as an example of an action….Read more

  • 2015-07-24 15:00:00
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Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga welcomes Iran nuclear deal

(Mainichi: July 16, 2015 – p.5)    In reference to the comprehensive agreement between Iran and six countries (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) on Iran’s nuclear issue, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on July 15: “We welcome persistent efforts by the parties concerned. We will monitor the situation to see if the agreement will be firmly….Read more

  • 2015-07-16 15:00:00
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Japan to fund civilian air control in Afghanistan under ODA

(Asahi: June 17, 2015 – p. 7)    By Hajime Takeda; Eishiro Takeishi in Islamabad    It was learned that the Japanese government will be paying for the cost of civilian air control in Afghanistan from July, using official development assistance (ODA). Air control is funded by the U.S. so far, but Japan is taking over, partly at the request….Read more

  • 2015-06-17 15:00:00
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