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President Biden demonstrates U.S. presence in Indo-Pacific 

Mainichi wrote that President Biden departed Tokyo on Tuesday after wrapping up his first tour of Asia since taking office. The paper wrote that the President demonstrated the U.S. presence in the region during the trip by reaffirming the strengthened alliances with Japan and South Korea and launching the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) to reinforce its foundation for strategic competition….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Quad members agree to step up cooperation on 5G, semiconductors, satellite data 

Mainichi reported on the agreement reached at the Quad summit on Tuesday to step up cooperation in developing critical and emerging technologies to enhance the prosperity and security of the region in areas such as 5G and semiconductors out of concern that dependence on China for critical technologies could pose a threat to economic security. The four counties signed a….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Kishida holds bilateral talks with Indian, Australian counterparts  

All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Kishida held separate bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Modi and Australian Prime Minister Albanese on the sidelines of the Quad summit on Tuesday. Kishida and Albanese agreed to further deepen bilateral security and economic cooperation between their countries and accelerate discussions on the implementation of a reciprocal access agreement intended to facilitate the….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Former Prime Ministers Abe, Suga hold talks with Modi 

Mainichi wrote that former Prime Ministers Abe and Suga held separate talks with Indian Prime Minister Modi in Tokyo on Tuesday. Abe tweeted after the meeting that he was deeply moved by the fact that a Quad summit was realized in Tokyo because he had strongly advocated the idea for years. Suga told reporters that he and Modi discussed how….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Japan to provide 3-m.-dlr grant aid to Sri Lanka

Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)–Japan will provide 3 million dollars in emergency grant aid to Sri Lanka, which is in an economic crisis, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Friday.   The aid will be used to deliver medical goods and food through UNICEF and the U.N. World Food Program.   Sri Lanka is struggling with rapid inflation and huge debts….Read more

  • May 20, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 5:10 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Interview: India’s envoy to Japan says India opposed to any hegemonic act

Indian Ambassador to Japan Sanjay Kumar Verma sat down for an interview with The Sankei Shimbun on May 18 and said the Quad summit in Japan on May 24 is “primarily intended to achieve peace and stability as well as the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region.” He also said, “We oppose any hegemonic act,” with China’s aggressive maritime….Read more

  • May 20, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Commentary: West needs to accept India’s neutrality on Ukraine war

HIROYUKI AKITA, Nikkei Commentator   TOKYO — The leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India are slated to meet in Tokyo in late May for a summit under the Quad security cooperation framework.   The four countries have been building a platform for coordinated responses to security threats posed by China, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrown a….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Japan’s Eneos announces withdrawal from Myanmar gas project

Tokyo, May 2 (Jiji Press)–Japanese oil refiner Eneos Holdings Inc. <5020> said Monday that it will withdraw from a natural gas development project in Myanmar.     JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp., an Eneos unit, decided the pullout from the project in the Yetagun gas field after examining the business feasibility.     The Eneos group faced strong criticism for remaining involved in the project despite….Read more

  • May 2, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:38 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Japan-financed railway project in Myanmar suspended due to explosions

A Japan-financed railway repair project in Myanmar was partially suspended from January to March this year due to explosions near the project site, sources informed the Kanagawa Shimbun on April 29. The project started before the February 2021 military coup, and the military regime has described the project as one of the country’s key infrastructure projects. Pro-democracy insurgents may have….Read more

  • April 30, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

GOJ leaders travel to Southeast, Central Asia to strengthen coalition against Russia 

All national papers reported over the weekend on the ongoing tours of Southeast Asia by Prime Minister Kishida and Central Asia by Foreign Minister Hayashi, saying that the main purpose of their overseas travel during the Golden Week holidays has been to enlist each host government’s support in opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.    In his meeting with Indonesian President Joko….Read more

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