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Ambassador, new LDP policy chief Hagiuda confirm continued discussions on security

Jiji Press reported on Friday evening that new LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Hagiuda met with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Emanuel at the LDP headquarters earlier in the day. According to Jiji, the two officials confirmed continued discussions between the United States and Japan on security, including economic and energy security. The Ambassador reportedly told the press after the meeting:….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Myanmar general meets with Japan lawmaker for 1st time since takeover

Min Aung Hlaing and ex-cabinet minister Hiromichi Watanabe discuss bilateral ties   Nikkei staff writers   BANGKOK — Myanmar’s Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing on Thursday met with a sitting Japanese lawmaker for first time since the military took control of the Southeast Asian nation in February 2021.   Hiromichi Watanabe is a member of Japan’s lower house and the ruling….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:23 a.m.
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Editorial: Call off commemoration of 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China

China’s military drills held around Taiwan in protest of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan are raising tensions in East Asia. Under such circumstances, Japan and China will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the normalization of their diplomatic ties on Sept. 29. This event absolutely cannot be commemorated in a celebratory mood. Both the private and….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Chinese leader authorized PLA to launch missiles into Japan’s EEZ 

Mainichi reported on the disclosure by several Chinese sources that President Xi had given approval for the ballistic missiles that the PLA would fire during military drills conducted in response to House Speaker Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan to splash down within Japan’s EEZ. According to the sources, the PLA presented to the Chinese leaders two options regarding its designation of….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
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SECURITY

Chinese survey ship sailed in waters around northern Japan in early August 

Sankei front-paged the revelation by multiple GOJ sources that a PLA Navy survey vessel sailed through northern Japanese waters in early August while the Chinese military was conducting multiple exercises near Taiwan in retaliation for House Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan visit. The daily speculated that the Chinese ship probably engaged in intelligence collection around northern Japan by capitalizing on U.S. and….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S., Japanese fighters conduct training off Okinawa 

Sankei wrote that a total of ten fighters from the ASDF and USAF conducted a joint drill over waters off Okinawa on Tuesday with the aim of upgrading their joint operational capabilities. The two militaries undertook similar training in the same area on Aug. 4. 

  • August 12, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Analysis: China targets Taiwan, Okinawa in Pelosi damage control

Xi’s dangerous game of chicken risks triggering larger conflict   KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer   Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.   When a U.S. Air….Read more

  • August 11, 2022
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POLITICS > Cabinet

New Kishida cabinet keeps facing test over China, S. Korea

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)–Japan is seen continuing to face difficulties in improving ties with China and South Korea after Wednesday’s reshuffle of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet, in which Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi was kept in the post.     Kishida hopes that keeping Hayashi as the country’s top diplomat will advance the Japanese leader’s “new-era realism diplomacy,” announced late….Read more

SOCIETY > Crime

Japan-Vietnam criminal investigation cooperation treaty to take effect this month

A mutual legal assistance treaty between Japan and Vietnam to facilitate criminal investigations between the two countries will take effect on Aug. 31.   The accord is intended to enhance cooperation between Japanese and Vietnamese authorities, amid a rise in crimes committed by Vietnamese nationals in Japan.   Signed by representatives of both countries last November, the treaty was approved….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

9 Japanese in Ukraine for war with Russia

Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)–Nine Japanese people were among foreigners who entered Ukraine to fight for the country in the war with Russia as of Friday last week, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.     The number of such Japanese increased by one from July and compared with two from China and one from South Korea, the ministry said.     According….Read more

  • August 11, 2022
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