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Israeli Ambassador to Japan: “Infinite possibilities for bilateral cooperation in cyber”

Israel’s high-tech sector, including cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced medical treatment, raised $25 billion (about 3 trillion yen) in 2021. This is 2.5 times the previous year’s figure. While the global economy has labored under the COVID-19 pandemic, Israeli startup companies are leading the world with their new technologies. Israeli Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen contributed the following piece….Read more

  • March 29, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 6
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japan, U.S., U.K. lenders loan Kuwait $1bn to boost oil output

TOKYO — Japan’s three biggest banks are teaming up with major U.S. and European lenders to loan $1 billion to help Kuwait increase oil output, seeking to calm energy markets roiled by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and MUFG Bank are making the loan to Kuwait Petroleum Corp., along with HSBC and JPMorgan Chase. Mizuho is expected to be the lead….Read more

  • March 27, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 0:23 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

FM Hayashi calls on UAE to increase oil output

All national dailies reported on Tuesday that visiting Foreign Minister Hayashi met with UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah in Abu Dhabi on Sunday afternoon. According to the papers, Hayashi called on the UAE to increase its oil production in response to surging oil prices due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hayashi also reportedly expressed hope for the….Read more

  • March 22, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japan, Saudi Arabia to work toward stabilizing crude oil markets

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed Thursday to bolster cooperation on stabilizing global crude oil markets after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent prices surging.   Kishida expressed hope for Saudi Arabia’s “strong leadership” in bringing calm to the markets amid supply concerns, the prime minister told reporters after speaking by phone….Read more

  • March 17, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:01 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

Kishida speaks with Saudi crown prince by phone 

Yomiuri, Asahi, and Nikkei took up a teleconference between Prime Minister Kishida and Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad on Thursday night during which the two officials agreed to cooperate to ease volatility in the international oil market in view of the sharp rise in petroleum prices triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The two officials also reportedly confirmed that their nations….Read more

  • March 18, 2022
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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ECONOMY > Energy

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
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

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
  • , Nikkei , 10:56 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

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
  • , Yomiuri
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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
  • , The Mainichi
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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
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:00 a.m.
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