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Japan declines to comment on French objection to NATO’s Tokyo office

TOKYO – Japan’s top government spokesman on Tuesday declined to comment on French President Emmanuel Macron’s reported objection to a plan to open a NATO liaison office in Tokyo, only saying that “various considerations” are taking place inside the trans-Atlantic alliance.   The Financial Times reported Monday that Macron has objected to what would be NATO’s first office in Asia, reflecting….Read more

  • June 6, 2023
  • , Kyodo News , 10:30 p.m.
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Sweden aims to join NATO by early July: defense minister

AKIRA KITADO, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Sweden hopes to reach an agreement with Turkey to join NATO by early July, Minister of Defense Pal Jonson said on Tuesday.   “We hope we can become a full-fledged member of NATO by its Vilnius summit [on July 11 and 12],” Jonson told Nikkei Asia in an exclusive interview during his….Read more

  • June 6, 2023
  • , Nikkei Asia , 8:32 p.m.
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Japan’s Hayashi says top-to-bottom U.N. reform ‘urgent’

KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asia diplomatic correspondent   TOKYO — Reform of the United Nations Security Council is an “urgent task,” Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters Friday.   Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in central Tokyo, Hayashi said Tokyo will make use of its seat at the body as a nonpermanent member this year, as well….Read more

  • June 2, 2023
  • , Nikkei Asia , 07:10 p.m.
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Japan files candidacy for non-permanent UNSC membership in 2032

NHK reported on the disclosure by Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno earlier today that the GOJ officially filed Japan’s candidacy last week for the election to select non-permanent members of the UN Security Council to be held in 2032. “Although some elements of the Council have not functioned effectively, it is true that the body is still playing certain roles,” the….Read more

  • May 23, 2023
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Japan to run for non-permanent UNSC seat in 2032 

Yomiuri front-paged a report from New York that according to multiple diplomatic UN sources, the GOJ has decided to run in the election for non-permanent membership in the Security Council to be held in 2032. While noting that Japan has just become a non-permanent member of the Security Council in January and its term will end in 2024, the paper said the GOJ….Read more

  • May 23, 2023
  • , Yomiuri
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China slams Japan for plans to host NATO office

YUKIO TAJIMA, Nikkei staff writer   BEIJING — China criticized Japan for plans to host a NATO liaison office in Tokyo, saying the U.S.-led military alliance is interfering in regional affairs and inciting confrontation.   “We urge Japan to draw lessons from history, stay committed to the path of peaceful development, and avoid doing things that could dismantle trust and….Read more

  • May 13, 2023
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Gov’t to increase number of Japanese working at international organizations

The government will increase the number of Japanese nationals working at the United Nations and other international organizations. It will seek young people from the private sector to be dispatched to international agencies at the government’s expense. The government aims to increase the number of Japanese employees at international organizations from about 950 in 2021 to more than 1,000 in….Read more

  • April 14, 2023
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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FM Hayashi tells IAEA chief about planned release of treated water

Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa held a teleconference with Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on April 12. Regarding the plan to release treated water from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station into the ocean, Hayashi explained, “Japan will continue to take steps in a sincere and transparent manner so as to gain the….Read more

  • April 13, 2023
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ECONOMY

First Japanese ITUC president vows to help global workers

By TAKEHIKO SAWAJI/ Senior Staff Writer   Akiko Gono is seeking to convey workers’ voices from around the world as she is the first Japanese to serve as president of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).   She was selected to the position in November last year on behalf of the federations of labor unions from about 160 countries and regions.   “I….Read more

  • March 22, 2023
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 8:00 a.m.
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Editorial: WHO must come clean on dismissal of Japanese regional director

What exactly was said and what are the facts? The World Health Organization (WHO) must be fully accountable for the serious action it has taken in dismissing a senior official.   WHO announced the removal of Dr Takeshi Kasai, regional director for the Western Pacific. ​​There had been an internal accusation that Dr Kasai made racist remarks to staff.  ….Read more

  • March 14, 2023
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