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40% of evacuees from Afghanistan have left Japan over poor support

TOKYO – Around 40 percent of the 169 people who fled to Japan from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s return to power in August last year have left their new home due to what they say was pressure and a lack of support from the Japanese Foreign Ministry.   Although Japan has granted refugee status to 98 people, 58 returned to Afghanistan despite the….Read more

  • September 14, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:52 p.m.
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PM Kishida, UAE president confirm cooperation toward stable oil market

NHK reported this morning that Prime Minister Kishida held a teleconference with UAE President Muhammad on Tuesday evening amid oil prices remaining high due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kishida reportedly congratulated the UAE president on his appointment in May and expressed appreciation for the UAE’s stable supply of crude oil to Japan. According to the network, the two leaders….Read more

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Kishida, Saudi Crown Prince agree on stable oil market

Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed on Monday to deepen cooperation for a stable crude oil market and carbon neutrality through clean energy sources.   Amid soaring energy prices due to the war in Ukraine, Kishida said in the telephone talks that he expects the crown prince to….Read more

  • September 12, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 9:12 p.m.
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Israel-Japan defense ties can benefit both sides, Israeli Deputy PM Gantz says in exclusive interview

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel is willing to expand cooperation with Japan in cutting-edge defense technology, including high-powered laser weapons effective against artillery and drones.   “Japan has really developed technologically, and Israel has really developed itself in terms of defense technology,” Gantz, who concurrently serves as deputy prime minister, told The Yomiuri Shimbun in an exclusive interview….Read more

  • September 1, 2022
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Japan, Israel agree on close collaboration

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)–Japan and Israel agreed Monday to closely cooperate with each other.     The agreement was made during a meeting at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo between Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno and Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Gantz.     Matsuno told Gantz that Japan opposes unilateral attempts to change the status….Read more

  • August 29, 2022
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Prime Minister Kishida to tour Middle East in late August

Nikkei reported that Prime Minister Kishida plans to visit Qatar and the UAE later this month following his planned attendance at the TICAD international conference in Tunisia on Aug. 27-28, explaining that the primary purpose of the trip is to secure energy supplies from the two partners in light of the soaring oil and LNG prices triggered by the Russian….Read more

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Kishida eyes visits to Qatar and other Middle East nations 

Nikkei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida is making arrangements to visit Qatar, the UAE, and other nations in the Middle East later this month when he travels to Tunisia on Aug. 27-28 to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). The paper speculated that Kishida will discuss with oil producing countries in the region the rise in oil….Read more

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Japan PM Kishida eyes visits to Kuwait and Qatar this month

By HIROYUKI AKIYAMA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to tour Middle Eastern countries including Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates later this month as soaring energy prices stoke inflation.   The visits would be scheduled around the Tokyo International Conference on African Development being held in Tunisia on Aug. 27-28, which….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
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Afghan ambassador to Japan asks for international help

Afghanistan’s ambassador to Japan has called on the international community to support the Afghan people, who are facing poverty and starvation.   Shaida Mohammad Abdali was speaking in an interview with NHK.   Monday marks one year since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan, amid the withdrawal of US forces from the country.   Abdali became ambassador to Japan in….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
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Japan, Pakistan agree to work for Afghan peace

Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Pakistani counterpart, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, have met in Cambodia and agreed that their countries will cooperate toward peace and stability in Afghanistan.   The two ministers met Thursday on the sidelines of meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Phnom Penh.   Hayashi expressed gratitude to….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
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