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Japan wants Russia to explain Sakhalin-2 project move

Tokyo, July 5 (Jiji Press)–Japan has been calling on Russia to explain its decision to transfer rights to the Sakhalin-2 oil and natural gas development project, which is partly owned by Japanese companies, to a new Russian company, industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said Tuesday.     The Japanese government is working to collect information on the Russian presidential decree, including on stakes held in the….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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Expert concerned Ukraine using donated drones as weapons

By KAIGO NARISAWA/ Staff Writer   Drones donated to Ukraine were described as “nonlethal,” civilian-use machines that do not violate Japan’s three principles against providing weapons to a nation in conflict.   But the specific features of the drones were shown at a June 14 meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, where government officials provided a briefing on Japan’s….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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Japan formally decides to contribute $200 million to combating global food crisis 

Mainichi wrote that the GOJ formally decided at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to provide $200 million in aid to address the current global food crisis. The funding will be used to help nations in Africa and the Middle East that are suffering from severe food shortages to import and produce food and to help Ukraine build facilities for storing food….Read more

  • July 6, 2022
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Quad energy ministerial meeting to be held in Australia

NHK and Nikkei reported on the disclosure by Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda today that he plans to attend a meeting of the energy ministers of the Quad members to be convened in Sydney on July 13. The official reportedly expressed hope to discuss with his counterparts how to ensure a stable supply of energy in response to the Russian….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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Beijing-based Western envoys exchange harsh words with Russian diplomat

Asahi took up an international symposium on world peace held in Beijing on Monday at which U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns and his UK and French counterparts engaged in a heated debate on the situation in Ukraine with their Russian counterpart. The U.S. envoy categorically dismissed Moscow’s narrative holding NATO’s eastward expansion responsible for its “defensive” war in Ukraine, underscoring that….Read more

  • July 5, 2022
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U.S. and allies target North Korean arms procurement, crypto theft

TOKYO — The U.S. will work with Asian allies to further squeeze North Korea’s procurement networks for its weapons programs, including access to cryptocurrencies, amid talk that the reclusive communist regime is preparing for another nuclear test, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Friday.   “One of the reasons I am here is to talk about how we can….Read more

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Russia move on Sakhalin-2 thrusts Japan into an energy dilemma

DAISUKE SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Russia’s decision to wrest control of the Sakhalin-2 energy project has brought Japan closer to losing a valuable fuel supply right at a time when the country’s electrical grid can least afford it.   Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order Thursday mandating Sakhalin-2 assets be transferred to a newly established Russian company. The oil and natural gas….Read more

  • July 2, 2022
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Editorial: Russia itself has invited changes to international security system

Russia’s outrageous acts have brought about the establishment of a new system of alliance and cooperation among the United States, Europe, Japan and other nations. It can be said that the framework of international politics and security established after the end of World War II has reached a turning point.   The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) decided at its….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Ukraine war puts Japan’s pacifist constitution in election spotlight

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Debate over whether to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution is heating up as the country heads toward this Sunday’s upper house election — the first national vote since Russia upended the global security landscape by invading Ukraine.   Parties that support changing the document are likely to cross the seat threshold needed to….Read more

  • July 4, 2022
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Commentary: Digital tech blurs lines between war and innovation

AKIO FUJII, Nikkei chair of editorial board   TOKYO — “Thank you very much,” a young man next to me said out of the blue at this year’s World Economic Forum annual meeting. He seemed to be indicating the blue-and-gold ribbon I was wearing, a gift from a Ukrainian legislator I had met the day before.   He introduced himself….Read more

  • July 3, 2022
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