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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
  • , Sankei , pp. 3, 5
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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

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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
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 3
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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

INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Uzbekistan primed for foreign investment after reforms: deputy PM

TOKYO — Uzbekistan’s market-oriented economic reforms have laid the groundwork for attracting foreign investment, with the digital, clean energy and agriculture sectors providing opportunities for Japanese investors, the country’s deputy prime minister told Nikkei.

  • April 24, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:40 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

GOJ speculates India rejected SDF planes out of consideration for Russia

Saturday’s Mainichi wrote that the GOJ speculates that India rejected Japan’s request to allow SDF planes to land there and collect aid supplies for delivery to countries near Ukraine to avoid provoking Russia. The paper wrote that the GOJ is pursuing options other than the use of SDF aircraft and will not openly criticize India for its decision so that….Read more

  • April 23, 2022
  • , Mainichi
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FM Hayashi talks with Oman foreign minister, meets Uzbek Deputy PM

Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa held a telephone conversation with Oman Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Albusaidi on April 21, confirming that they will cooperate in their response to rising crude oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hayashi said, “We look forward to Oman’s continued leadership in stabilizing the international oil market.” The ministers condemned the invasion of Ukraine.….Read more

  • April 22, 2022
  • , Asahi , p. 4
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Editorial: India is the loophole in the net of sanctions tightening around Russia

In his recent online meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States President Joe Biden is reported to have repeatedly urged India to stand with other democracies as they seek to respond to the invasion of Ukraine by putting increasing pressure on Russia.   India’s stance of avoiding direct condemnation of Moscow ー and its reluctance to join sanctions against Russia ー have….Read more


Editorial: Deterring China should be a common defense goal of Japan and the Philippines

The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the Philippines held their first “2+2” meeting on April 9. Both sides expressed “serious concern” about the situation in the East and South China Seas and opposed any actions that may increase tensions.    The looming presence of China, which seeks to change the status quo by force, was the motive behind….Read more

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