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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

SCIENCE > Health

U.S., Japan to exclude Russian COVID-19 vaccines from assistance program

Kyodo reported that the governments of the United States and Japan have decided to exclude Russian products from a bilateral program for assisting developing nations with procuring, manufacturing, and rolling out coronavirus vaccines. According to an informed source, the two governments are expected to convey to India that they will not help it finance the domestic production of Russian vaccines….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Kishida eyes trip to Southeast Asia, Europe during Golden Week  

Mainichi wrote that it learned from multiple GOJ sources on Tuesday that Prime Minister Kishida is making arrangements to visit Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam during the Golden Week holidays starting in late April to urge those nations to act in concert with Japan in responding to Russia and discuss cooperation in achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific with China’s advancement….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

FM Hayashi to visit Central Asia from late April 

Yomiuri and Nikkei wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi is planning to visit Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian nations starting in late April, speculating that he is hoping to strengthen Japan’s cooperation in the energy sector with these nations that are rich in oil and gas resources.  

  • April 13, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Gap remains between U.S., India over Russia

All broadcasters highlighted the summit meeting between President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Modi held remotely on Monday during which the U.S. leader “clearly conveyed that increasing Russian energy imports will not serve India’s interests,” in the words of White House Press Secretary Psaki as cited by NHK. The network also took up remarks made by an unnamed White House….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Editorial: Heavyweight India can help end Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis

The international community is watching India’s stance on Ukraine. New Delhi has avoided direct condemnation of Russia’s invasion and has abstained from every United Nations resolution on the issue. This commitment to a neutrality has triggered a heated debate in the country.   An economic heavyweight, India now ranks alongside the U.K. and France in terms of gross domestic product. Its….Read more

  • April 6, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:36 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Envoy stresses neutrality of India’s diplomacy

Indian Ambassador to Japan Sanjay Kumar Verma sat down for an interview with the Sankei Shimbun in Kobe City, which he was visiting. When the draft resolution condemning Russia for invading Ukraine was adopted by an overwhelming majority at the UN General Assembly’s emergency special meeting held last month, India abstained from voting on the resolution. The Ambassador explained that….Read more

  • April 3, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 6
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

Editorial: Myanmar’s generals must be pressed to keep ASEAN promises

A special envoy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has visited Myanmar for the first time since civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was deposed in February last year. Prak Sokhonn, the foreign minister of this year’s ASEAN chair, Cambodia, sought a breakthrough in the political crisis, but little was achieved.   During the March 21-23 visit, Prak Sokhonn met with Myanmar’s….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:00 p.m.
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ECONOMY > Energy

Japan’s Chubu Electric to fund Indian ‘mini-grid’ startup

TASUKU IKEDA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power is looking to invest in Indian startup OMC Power, which provides “mini-grids” to underdeveloped areas, Nikkei has learned.   Chubu Electric will take a stake topping 20% via a private share placement. An announcement of the deal, anticipated to be worth billions of yen (1 billion yen equals….Read more

  • March 29, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:27 p.m.
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