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Japan to take in local employees of Japanese Embassy in Ukraine 

Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that during a Diet committee session on Friday, Foreign Minister Hayashi said locally hired employees of the Japanese Embassy in Kyiv and their dependents will be given shelter in Japan if they wish to travel here. The cabinet minister said that even if they are not granted refugee status in Japan, they might still be given residency….Read more

  • March 5, 2022
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LDP official cautions Japan against pulling out of key oil development projects in Russia 

Monday’s Yomiuri focused on remarks made during a Sunday TV show by LDP Upper House Secretary General Seko expressing the view that the Japanese government and businesses should think twice about following the lead of Western companies in disinvesting from two major offshore LNG/oil drilling initiatives in the Russian Far East since such moves would have adverse effects on the nation’s….Read more

  • March 7, 2022
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Ambassador Emanuel calls Japan’s provision of defense equipment to Ukraine “historic”

Saturday’s Yomiuri took up a statement issued by Ambassador Emanuel on Friday regarding Japan’s decision to provide Ukraine with defense equipment in which he praised Prime Minister Kishida for playing a “historic role.” “[The] unprecedented decision to provide critical support to Ukraine through donations of defense equipment demonstrates Japan’s strong commitment” to liberty, democracy, human dignity, and international law, he….Read more

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Japan to maintain nuclear pact with Russia for time being 

Asahi reported online on Friday on remarks made at the Diet earlier in the day by Foreign Minister Hayashi, who dismissed a call by a Japanese Communist Party lawmaker for scrapping a 2009 pact with Russia aimed at facilitating the transfer of nuclear-related technology, material, and equipment for peaceful purposes. Although the opposition politician insisted on annulling the pact on….Read more

  • March 4, 2022
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Ambassador Emanuel meets with counterparts from NATO and European partner nations

In an online article on the Biden administration’s accelerated moves to court greater support from European allies and friends in pushing back against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Yomiuri highlighted President Biden’s summit at the White House on Friday with his Finnish counterpart Niinistö. The article also said that Ambassador Emanuel held talks with the ambassadors from Finland, Sweden, and….Read more

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Poll shows four out of five Japanese support sanctions on Russia 

Monday’s Yomiuri front-paged the results of its monthly public opinion survey that put support for Japan’s sanctions on Russia at 82% and nonsupport at 9%. More than three out of five respondents said Tokyo should continue taking a concerted approach with the United States and Europe in dealing with the Russian invasion of Ukraine while 28% said Japan should pursue….Read more

  • March 7, 2022
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Japan’s diplomacy returns to Cold War mode of West vs. Moscow 

Sankei wrote today that Japan’s diplomacy has been hit hard by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying that the Kishida administration is busy supporting the United States and Europe in helping Ukraine defeat the invading Russian forces. Japan is now facing a world in which “it is crystal clear who our friends and foes are,” in the words of a source….Read more

  • March 7, 2022
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Japan mulls providing bulletproof vests to Ukraine

NHK reported that the GOJ is making arrangements to send relief supplies to Poland to assist Ukraine via a government plane to be operated by the SDF. Prime Minister Kishida has stressed that Japan stands with the people of Ukraine and pledged assistance worth $100 million to the nation in coordination with international organizations. Following the prime minister’s remarks to….Read more

  • March 4, 2022
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Kishida says he will urge China to act responsibly

NHK reported that in view of the pro-Russian stance China demonstrated in its criticism of sanctions on Russia by the United States and Europe and abstaining from a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Kishida stated at an Upper House plenary session this morning that he will urge China to….Read more

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Ukraine envoy to Japan calls Russia’s military invasion “genocide”

Interviewed by Sakamoto Kazuyuki   Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Korsunsky spoke with Sankei Shimbun on March 3 and severely condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin by calling Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine “genocide.” He also criticized Russia for cutting off life-essential infrastructure, such as electricity and gas, in cities and towns it has encircled and attempting to cause confusion there. He showed….Read more

  • March 4, 2022
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