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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
  • , Kyodo News , 11:08 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

PM Kishida holds talks with King of Jordan

Nikkei reported that Prime Minister Kishida held a teleconference with King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday. According to the paper, Kishida conveyed Japan’s position of supporting a “two-state solution” to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. King Abdullah reportedly welcomed Japan’s position and contributions.

INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

Opinion: Japan’s Middle East policy needs fresh thinking

Satoshi Ikeuchi and Gedaliah Afterman   Satoshi Ikeuchi is professor of religion and global security at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Gedaliah Afterman is head of the Asia Policy Program at the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at Rechiman University (IDC Herzliya).   With the world facing increasing instability and tensions….Read more

  • January 28, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:00 p.m.
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Strengthen ties in high-tech fields, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Cohen

Israeli Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen contributed the following article to the Yomiuri Shimbun on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Israel. In the article, he expresses his hope that Japan will join the new economic partnership between Israel and the Gulf states in addition to strengthening bilateral cooperation in cyber and other high-tech….Read more

  • January 27, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 6
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INTERNATIONAL

Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan visited Kabul in January

On Jan. 25, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Okada Takashi visited Kabul on Jan. 17-24 (local time). Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. According to the MOFA announcement, Okada met with senior members of the Taliban while in Kabul.   This was the first time Okada entered Kabul since November 2021.….Read more

  • January 26, 2022
  • , Asahi , p. 4
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POLITICS

Editorial: Files shed light on diplomatic ‘trauma’ from Persian Gulf War

Japan’s diplomatic documents worked out three decades ago during the Persian Gulf crisis, triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in the year after the Cold War ended, were recently declassified and released.   We should closely study the thoughts and actions of politicians and diplomats during that turbulent period, which became a turning point for Japan’s diplomacy.   We should….Read more

  • December 30, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:23 p.m.
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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Diplomatic secret mission sounded out Soviet’s move in Gulf crisis

As former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone headed on a high-profile mission to Iraq in early November 1990 seeking the release of Japanese hostages, a secret diplomatic mission was also starting.   Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu enlisted Deputy Foreign Minister Hisashi Owada to “have in-depth discussions with other countries” about their views on an international coalition to drive Iraq out of….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:30 p.m.
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Japan to withdraw MSDF destroyer from Middle East

Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government decided Friday to withdraw a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer engaged in intelligence-gathering activities the Middle East to ensure the safe navigation of Japanese vessels.   The government aims to ease the burden on MSDF members as Japan is alert to issues including China’s behavior around Nansei islands in southwestern Japan.     The destroyer dispatch started in February last year based on a request from the United….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:11 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Bush demanded Japan send ‘forces’ for 1990 Gulf crisis, declassified documents confirm

In the wake of the Persian Gulf crisis that began in August 1990, then U.S. President George Bush in effect demanded then Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces, according to diplomatic documents declassified Wednesday.   The documents show Japan was in a difficult position to respond to the international community’s moves prior to the outbreak of the….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Middle East

Japan to offer $100 mil. aid to Afghanistan

The Japanese government has decided to offer a fresh aid package to Afghanistan worth about 100 million dollars.   More than four months after the Taliban Islamist group took control of the country, the economy is in turmoil. Sixty percent of the population does not have sufficient food. Afghans are also facing drought, poverty and the effects of the COVID-19….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
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