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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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Operations at Japanese Embassy in Yemen transferred to Saudi Arabia

(Sankei: May 12, 2015 – p. 5)    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on May 11 that the operations of the Japanese Embassy in Yemen that had been conducted in Qatar, were transferred to Saudi Arabia on May 10 due to the worsening security situation. The embassy’s staff was previously evacuated to Doha, the capital of Qatar. However the….Read more

  • 2015-05-12 15:00:00
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DM Nakatani says “No need of special measures law” for Iraqi-style aid

(Nikkei: April 22, 2015 – p. 4)    With regard to new security laws, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani took the view in a press conference on April 21 that if laws are created so that Japan can dispatch the Self-Defense Forces personnel to provide humanitarian assistance outside the framework of UN peacekeeping operations, Japan will be able to extend reconstruction….Read more

  • 2015-04-22 15:00:00
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Iran nuclear talks to have major impact on Japan’s economy

(Asahi: April 4, 2015 – p. 2)    By Kenichiro Shino    The Iranian nuclear talks will have a major impact on the Japanese economy. Over 80% of Japan’s crude oil imports come from the Middle East. The Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to blockade in retaliation for economic sanctions imposed on it, is a lifeline for Japan.….Read more

  • 2015-04-08 15:00:00
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Gist of PM Abe’s news conference in Israel, Jan. 20

(Asahi: January 21, 2015 – p. 4)    Following is the gist of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remarks at a news conference on Jan. 20 during his visit to Israel:    Opening statement    A video has been distributed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) warning that Japanese nationals will be killed. Making threats in this….Read more

  • 2015-01-21 15:00:00
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