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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
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:00 p.m.
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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


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


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
  • , Kyodo News , 11:53 a.m.
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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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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.


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
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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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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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