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Four Chinese patrol ships enter Japanese territorial waters near Senkakus 

Yomiuri reported that according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, four Chinese patrol ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands from around 4:19 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. on Monday. The paper said that although two of the vessels had exited the Japanese territorial waters by around 1:19 p.m., the other two were still in the waters as….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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House Speaker Pelosi to attend Abe’s state funeral

TBS reported that in addition to Vice President Harris, arrangements are being made for House Speaker Pelosi and the chairs of the foreign relations committees of both houses of Congress to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe on Sept. 27. The network said that Prime Minister Kishida is planning to engage in “funeral diplomacy” as many senior….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

ROK President Yoon stresses importance of Japan-ROK relations in Liberation Day speech

All networks reported that South Korean President Yoon delivered a speech at a ceremony in Seoul on Monday to mark the anniversary of the Korean Peninsula’s liberation from Japan’s colonial rule on August 15, 1945. During the speech, President Yoon reportedly stressed the importance of the Japan-ROK relationship, saying: “Today, Japan is our partner as we face common threats that….Read more

  • August 15, 2022
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Sri Lanka crisis: Japan’s Taisei seeks halt to airport expansion

TOKYO/NEW DELHI — Japanese engineering group Taisei will enter negotiations on a possible stoppage of an airport expansion in Sri Lanka after funding for the project was cut off, another sign of the country’s deepening economic crisis.   Taisei in 2020 won a 62 billion yen ($464 million at current rates) contract to build a new multilevel terminal and viaduct at Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo, Sri Lanka’s….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 00:23 a.m.
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Gov’t holds four-minister NSC session on Taiwan

On Aug. 12, the government convened a National Security Council session of four ministers at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] to discuss developments in East Asia. The discussions were apparently focused on the cross-strait issue as China is ramping up its military pressure on Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit there. This was the first NSC session convened….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Pelosi’s Taiwan trip helped avoid setting wrong example: congressman

WASHINGTON — The recent trip to Taiwan by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was necessary to avoid setting a “new precedent” that Beijing has a say over such visits, a congressman who accompanied Pelosi to the self-ruled island has said.   Countering China’s argument that the visit was a provocation, House member Mark Takano told Kyodo News in a phone interview….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:52 a.m.
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Editorial: Efforts must be made to support World Heritage bid

The registration of the Sado Island Gold Mines as a World Heritage site has been delayed because of problems with the nomination document. The government must reflect on its mistakes and make all possible preparations to realize the registration.   The government has announced it will resubmit its nomination to UNESCO for the site to be added to the World….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:25 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

How Japan is building on U.S. policy for economic security

BY KEN JIMBO CONTRIBUTING WRITER   The economic security promotion law, which was enacted in May, aims to comprehensively and effectively facilitate the implementation of economic policies to achieve national security.   The law is made up of four pillars: strengthening supply chains for critical materials; ensuring the security of core infrastructure; promoting the development of key advanced technologies; and….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. to conduct “freedom of navigation” operations in Taiwan Strait

Mainichi reported on Sunday that NSC Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell held a telephone interview with the press on Saturday and criticized China’s increasing military pressure near Taiwan by saying that China is “jeopardizing peace and stability in the region and trying to change the status quo.” He also reportedly disclosed that the U.S. military will conduct “freedom of navigation” operations….Read more

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Congressman Mark Takano speaks to Japanese press on visit to Taiwan

Saturday’s Asahi reported that House Representative Mark Takano, who chairs the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, held an interview with the daily on Thursday. Concerning his visit to Taiwan with House Speaker Pelosi, he reportedly said the purpose was to “maintain the status quo” and criticized China’s large-scale military drills held in response to their visit. Takano reportedly explained that given….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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