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Comfort women issue: A new opportunity for Berlin’s ‘Statue of Peace’?

By Kenji Yoshida   Korea Verband, a Berlin-based civic group, erected and unveiled Germany’s first Statue of Peace in its capital city in September 2020. The sculpture is represented as a memorial to comfort women under Japanese Imperial rule, and it remains one of the most controversial public monuments today.   The Government of Japan immediately expressed its concerns. In….Read more

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National Security Secretariat chief Akiba to visit Mongolia 

Nikkei reported that the GOJ announced on Monday that Secretary General Akiba of the National Security Secretariat will visit Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from Oct. 3 to 5. Akiba is expected to hold talks with Mongolia’s National Security Council Secretary Enkhbayar. Noting that Mongolia traditionally maintains friendly relations with North Korea, the paper said Akiba may bring up the abduction issue during the meeting. 


Japan criticized for Myanmar envoy attending Abe state funeral

By YUICHI NOBIRA/ Staff Writer   International human rights groups denounced the Japanese government for inviting the Myanmar ambassador to Japan to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state funeral.   The Myanmar Foreign Ministry posted photos of Soe Han attending the service on social media on Sept. 27.   “Having (a representative) from a country where the army is taking power….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
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Kishida meets with Sri Lankan president, possibly discusses debt restructuring 

Asahi wrote that Prime Minister Kishida held talks on Wednesday with President Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, who attended Abe’s state funeral. The paper speculated that the Sri Lankan leader asked for Japan’s cooperation in restructuring his nation’s debt. According to the paper, the two leaders agreed on the importance of a debt restructuring scheme in which all creditors participate in….Read more

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Foreign Minister Hayashi speaks with Sri Lankan leader on debt restructuring

Nikkei wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi held talks on Tuesday with President Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, who visited Tokyo to attend Abe’s state funeral. The two officials reportedly agreed that Sri Lanka’s creditor nations should forge a consensus for its debt restructuring to help it overcome the economic crisis brought on by massive foreign debt.

  • September 28, 2022
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Leaders of Japan, Pakistan reaffirm opposition to attempts to change the status quo by force

NHK reported that Prime Minister Kishida and his Pakistani counterpart Sharif held bilateral talks for about 45 minutes in New York on Thursday. Kishida reportedly expressed Japan’s appreciation for Pakistan’s help to evacuate Japanese nationals from Afghanistan in August last year. The network said that with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in mind, the two leaders reaffirmed that attempts to change….Read more

  • September 23, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan, India hold maritime drills amid China concerns in Indo-Pacific

TOKYO – Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force said Tuesday it has been conducting exercises with the Indian Navy in waters off the South Asian nation’s east coast amid China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.   The MSDF helicopter carrier Izumo and destroyer Takanami have joined the weeklong drills that began on Sunday in the area stretching from the Andaman Sea….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
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Japan, India agree on closer security cooperation with eye on China

By HIROSHI ASAHINA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan and India agreed Thursday to bolster bilateral cooperation on maritime security, including by expanding joint drills and setting up a high-level defense dialogue, as China continues to build up its maritime presence.   Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada met with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar….Read more

  • September 9, 2022
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Opinion: Can India become trusted ally of Japan?

By Miyake Kunihiko   Until very recently, India was a mysterious nation to me. I started my diplomatic career in Egypt and Iraq, and I was later posted to the United States and China. I also was stationed in Switzerland for a long time where I oversaw trade negotiations. During my tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I was….Read more


Japan, India hold defense ministerial meeting

NHK reported that Defense Minister Hamada met with his Indian counterpart Singh in Tokyo today to discuss a range of issues including the war in Ukraine and China’s maritime advancement. They reportedly agreed to oppose any unilateral attempt to alter the status quo by force and confirmed the importance of abiding by international law, conducting joint training involving fighter jets,….Read more

  • September 8, 2022
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