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Russian military conducts multiple drills in Sea of Japan

Monday’s Yomiuri highlighted the training drills being conducted by the Russian armed forces recently in the Sea of Japan, including one conducted jointly with the PLA Navy. The daily quoted a Russian military analyst as saying the Sino-Russian naval exercise should be regarded as the two partners’ “response” to the AUKUS framework led by the United States. Pointing out that….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
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Sri Lankan woman’s family sends letter to Kishida

The family of a Sri Lankan woman who died at an immigration facility in Japan has sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, calling for full accountability of the incident.   Wishma Sandamali, aged 33, died in March at the facility in Nagoya, central Japan. She had been detained there for overstaying her visa.   The Immigration Services….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

50 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan

Yomiuri wrote that 50 Afghan nationals who worked for the Japanese Embassy in Kabul and for JICA and their families arrived in Japan from Qatar on a commercial aircraft on Thursday evening. A total of 168 Afghan evacuees have now arrived in Japan and another group of 90 or so is expected to arrive in Japan soon.

  • October 15, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Commentary: How Japan and the U.S. should approach Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

BY BRAD GLOSSERMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   Twenty years have passed since the United States began its war on terror following the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001. While U.S. forces managed to kill Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the attacks, they ended the two-decade conflict by pulling out of Afghanistan without having been able to build….Read more

  • October 12, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Kishida, Modi agree to promote Quad framework

All Saturday papers reported that Prime Minister Kishida held his first telephone conference on Friday with his Indian counterpart Modi. According to Nikkei, the two leaders agreed to strengthen the bilateral relationship and promote the Quad framework. PM Kishida reportedly told the press after the conference: “We will work together to bring the ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ initiative into shape.”

  • October 10, 2021
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Additional 53 Afghan staff members and family arrive in Japan

All national dailies reported on Sunday on a MOFA announcement that 53 Afghan staff members of the Japanese Embassy in Kabul and JICA and their family members arrived in Japan by air on Friday. The 53 members reportedly left Afghanistan on a commercial airplane prepared by the Qatar government at the request of the Japanese government and arrived in Japan….Read more

  • October 10, 2021
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Laos enlists Japan startup for study on digital currency

KEITA SEKIGUCHI, Nikkei fintech editor   TOKYO — Laos will explore issuing its own digital currency with support from a Japanese financial technology startup that was involved in a similar effort by Cambodia, Nikkei has learned.   The study by Laos’ central bank and Tokyo-based Soramitsu will begin as early as this month.   The initiative marks an attempt by….Read more

  • October 3, 2021
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EU commissioner visits Japan and South Korea to discuss Chips Act

FRANCESCA REGALADO, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — A top official from the European Union concluded meetings in Tokyo on Tuesday as part of an effort to secure international partnerships for the proposed European Chips Act.   “The epicenter of the geopolitics of semiconductors is here in Asia, and that’s why I’m here,” said Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for….Read more

  • September 28, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Commentary: After U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Japan has a role to play

BY SADAMASA OUE, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   The fall of Kabul came gradually, then suddenly.   U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all American combat troops from Afghanistan brought about the collapse of the Afghan government, the overpowering of the 300,000-strong national army hit by the Taliban’s surprise attack, and regional and global geopolitical shifts.   The world was shocked….Read more

  • September 28, 2021
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Japan raises yen lending cap for COVID assistance to 700 billion yen

The Japanese government has raised its cap on “yen loans for emergency financial assistance” to 700 billion yen to offer lending at lower-than-usual interest rates to developing nations affected by COVID-19, sources have revealed. Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide plans to announce this when he meets with the leaders of the U.S., Australia, and India for the “Quad” summit to be….Read more

  • September 24, 2021
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