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Kishida calls for UAE’s cooperation in stabilizing oil market

Yomiuri, Asahi, and Nikkei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida spoke by phone with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday and confirmed that Japan and the UAE will work together to stabilize the international oil market. Kishida told reporters afterward that he urged the UAE to make proactive contributions as an OPEC member.

  • March 16, 2022
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Shadow of Iran oil failure looms over Japan’s Sakhalin decision

TOMOHIRO EBUCHI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Twelve years after leaving an oil field project in southwestern Iran under pressure from Washington, Japan finds itself in a familiar position, this time over an energy project in Russia’s Far East.   With 26 billion barrels, Iran’s Azadegan oil field had one of the world’s largest reserves. The government-funded Japan Oil Development Co.….Read more

  • March 15, 2022
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Top Japanese diplomat to visit Middle East 

Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi is considering visiting the UAE and Turkey from March 19 through 21 in a bid to strengthen mutual partnership amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The cabinet minister plans to ask for Dubai’s cooperation for Tokyo’s efforts to secure energy supplies. In Ankara, Hayashi is expected to ask his Turkish counterpart to leverage the country’s….Read more

  • March 10, 2022
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Opinion: Recalling Japanese support to Jewish people during WWII

The following is a contribution to The Mainichi by Zvi Hauser, Chairman of the Israel-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, on Chiune Sugihara and other Japanese nationals honored in a recent commemorative event in Israel for helping Jewish people during World War II.   *** On Feb. 1, 2022, in cooperation with Japan’s National Diet and Israel’s Knesset, we held an online….Read more

  • February 25, 2022
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Iranian film on death penalty aims to stir debate in Japan

By Abe Shunsuke, staff writer   Japan and Iran, despite being worlds apart, culturally and geographically, share one thing in common: Both countries impose the death penalty.   A pair of Iranian film directors behind a suspense drama on the issue that is prohibited from being screened in Iran are hoping that their work will resonate with Japanese viewers, as well as citizens in….Read more

  • February 18, 2022
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Japan to find schools for kids of Afghans who fled Taliban

By Sato Tatsuya, staff writer   The government is moving to ensure that dozens of Afghan children who fled Afghanistan with their families will at least get schooling in Japan as prospects remain dim for their early return home, sources said.   In total, around 500 Afghans arrived in Japan from last September onward following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and collapse….Read more

  • February 13, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

Kishida urges Iran to return to nuclear deal 

Nikkei and Sankei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida spoke by phone with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday. According to the papers, Kishida told the Iranian leader that Japan supports the Iran nuclear deal and urges Iran to return to the agreement at an early date. The two leaders reportedly agreed to remain in close communications on the issue. Sankei wrote that the….Read more

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Biden’s elevation of energy-rich Qatar stuns Japan

HIROFUMI MATSUO, Nikkei senior staff writer   TOKYO — When U.S. President Joe Biden sat across from Qatar’s ruling emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, it was a punch in the gut for Japanese government officials.   This pain came not only from the realization that the American leader had welcomed the emir, while….Read more

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Japan backs U.S anti-extremism efforts after IS leader’s death

Kyodo News reported that Japan said on Friday that it appreciates U.S.-led efforts to fight extremism following the reported death of the Islamic State group’s leader, calling the development an “important step” toward peace and stability in the Middle East. According to Kyodo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said the fight against extremism continues and Japan will continue to work closely….Read more

  • February 4, 2022
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Japan seeks Saudi Arabia’s cooperation in stabilizing oil markets

TOKYO – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday asked Saudi Arabia to cooperate in stabilizing crude oil prices amid supply shortages and geopolitical tensions in telephone talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Japanese government said.   Calling Saudi Arabia a “strategic partner,” Kishida expressed hope that he could deepen ties with the crown prince of the major oil-producing….Read more

  • February 3, 2022
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