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Chinese envoy speaks on South China Sea

Tokyo Shimbun ran an exclusive interview with Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, in which he cautioned Japan and the U.S. against intervening in territorial issues in the South China Sea by saying: “They will be resolved peacefully through dialogue by the direct parties to the disputes. China’s basic position is to put aside the disputes and pursue joint development….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japanese man indicted in China for spying  

Several papers reported that according to a source involved in Sino-Japanese relations, a Japanese male in his 50s, who had been detained in Zhejiang Province in China since last May on suspicion of espionage, was formally charged earlier this month. The man was reportedly taken into custody when he took photos near a PLA facility. The daily said his trial….Read more

  • May 24, 2014
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

New Taiwanese leader shows conciliatory line over outcrops in Pacific

 Asahi reported from Taipei that the new Taiwanese administration led by President Tsai decided on Monday that it does “not take a specific legal position” on Japan’s southernmost island of Okinotorishima, hence effectively denying the stance taken by her predecessor that the outcrop is a “rock.” A spokesperson for the new administration said that Taipei-Tokyo relations are extremely important and….Read more

  • May 24, 2016
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  • May 24, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Obama trip to renew debate on Abe’s tour of Pearl Harbor

Sunday’s Yomiuri projected that after President Obama wraps up the Hiroshima tour, calls may mount in the U.S. for PM Abe to make a reciprocal trip to Pearl Harbor as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack. The daily said the Kantei dismissed this idea that was informally proposed by the State Department when the two sides….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

PM Abe to express his view on nuclear elimination together with President Obama

Monday evening’s Yomiuri gave top play to a report that PM Abe has decided to express his view on the abolition of nuclear weapons when President Obama gives his reflections on his visit to Hiroshima on May 27. The paper said by having the leader of the only nation that used nuclear weapons and the leader of the only nation….Read more

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Former Prime Minister Fukuda to be sent to World Humanitarian Summit

The government decided on May 20 to send former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to the “World Humanitarian Summit” to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, as a government representative. Discussions will be held at the summit on measures to resolve refugee issues caused by conflict and poverty.  

  • May 22, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

President Putin says “Russia will not sell islands”

In connection with the issue of the Northern Territories, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “Russia will not sell even one (island to Japan).” He also said, “Russia will not link” the territorial issue with the economy or other issues. He made it clear that he will separate measures to strengthen Japan-Russia economic relations and territorial negotiations. He made the remarks….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Japan-Russia vice-ministerial-level talks slated for next month

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Vladimirovich Morgulov stated on May 20 that in the second half of June, Japan and Russia are expected to hold vice-ministerial-level talks in Tokyo on the issue of concluding a peace treaty, according to The Interfax. Morgulov is expected to participate in the talks.  

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

California high school textbooks likely to call comfort women “sex slaves”

Documents of the California state education board show that history and social science textbooks to be adopted for public high schools in California from 2017 are very likely to call comfort women who worked for the Japanese Imperial Army “sex slaves.”

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