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JAPEX considers interests in Sakhalin-1 important

At an earnings report press conference on Aug. 9, Yamashita Michiro, senior managing executive officer at Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. (JAPEX), noted that the firm considers its holdings of interests in the Sakhalin-1 project through Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co. (SODECO) as “important to Japan and that we share the same understanding as the government.” His remarks indicate that….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Editorial: China should immediately halt intimidation against Taiwan

China should immediately halt intimidation against Taiwan. Ballistic missiles that China launched as part of its military drills flew over Taiwan, and several of them fell in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This forced international flights, including not only Taiwan-bound flights but also flights connecting Japan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asian nations, to detour. It was an act that could….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel: “China betrayed trust”

The evolving U.S.-Japan alliance undergirds a “free and open Indo-Pacific”   Interviewed by Shintani Manabu, Bungeishunju editor-in-chief   U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (62), who arrived at his post on January 23 of this year, is well known in the United States as a forceful politician and has been given the nickname “Rahmbo.” Emanuel, the scion of Eastern European….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Senior Pentagon official comments on cross-strait relations 

Tuesday evening’s Nikkei reported on a news conference held by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl on Monday, during which he reportedly said that the current tensions over the Taiwan Strait are a crisis manufactured by China. Ponting out that Taiwan is a major producer of semiconductors, the undersecretary reportedly said there could be a point at which China….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

South Korean envoy comments on possible liquidation of Japanese assets 

Nikkei ran its one-on-one interview with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Yun Duk-min on Tuesday, during which he reportedly stated that former President Moon Jae-in had said he did not want Japanese corporate assets to be liquidated to compensate for requisitioned workers and that South Korean politicians across party lines share the same view. Concerning the launch in South Korea….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

China warns against moves to form “Chip 4” alliance 

All national dailies wrote that according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his South Korean counterpart Park Jin at their meeting in Qingdao on Tuesday that nations should protect their supply chains and not interfere in other nations’ domestic affairs. The papers interpreted this remark as a warning against moves led by the Biden….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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POLITICS

Former President Obama to attend Abe’s state funeral

Fuji TV reported this morning that according to several GOJ sources, final arrangements are underway for former U.S. President Obama to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe slated for Sept. 27. The network said President Obama built a strong relationship with Abe, noting that when he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima in 2016….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Editorial: China’s missile tantrum threatens many nations, not just Taiwan

From immediately after the visit by United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has engaged in massive military exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan, recklessly ratcheting up tensions in the region.   According to the Taiwan authorities, on August 4 alone the PLA launched 11 ballistic missiles. Japan estimates that….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Experts discuss Japan’s preparedness for a cross-strait contingency

Provoked by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China has begun its military drills. Nikkei interviewed foreign and national security experts about the security environment in East Asia.   China’s assertiveness is intended for domestic audiences By Kodo Yoji, former commander of the Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet   The United States has a military edge over….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
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SECURITY

Editorial: Diplomacy to prevent contingencies needed as Taiwan tensions rise near Japan

Tensions over Taiwan are rising. To avoid an accidental military clash, Washington and Beijing must not cut off their avenues for dialogue.   In response to the recent visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, China conducted military drills around the island, including live-fire exercises.    On Aug. 4, China launched 11 ballistic missiles, some of which reportedly….Read more

  • August 8, 2022
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