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Japan not to support U.N. resolution urging nuclear weapons ban

TOKYO, Oct. 26, Kyodo — Japan has decided not to support a draft U.N. resolution urging the start of negotiations in 2017 to outlaw nuclear weapons, a senior Japanese official and other sources close to the matter said Tuesday.   Japan, the world’s sole victim of atomic bombings, will consider either abstaining or voting against the draft at the General….Read more

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Editorial: Don’t let UNESCO memory heritage list be used for political purposes

Anti-Japan propaganda at an international organization is not acceptable. Japan needs to send out a clear message on this point.   Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan has deferred payment of its roughly ¥4.4 billion in financial contributions and other expenses to UNESCO this year.   The delay — half a year later compared with usual years — is….Read more

  • October 19, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 8:03 p.m.
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Editorial: Japan should show dignity in push for UNESCO reform

Japan has been withholding its financial contributions for this year to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO), totaling approximately 4 billion yen, or $42 million.   Against the backdrop of the move are Japan’s calls for UNESCO system reform following the listing of documents on the “Nanking Massacre” by the former Imperial Japanese Army as a Memory of….Read more

  • October 20, 2016
  • , The Mainichi
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Japan withholds dues to UNESCO over listing of Nanjing Massacre file

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan has been withholding this year’s financial contributions to UNESCO totaling some 4.4 billion yen ($42 million), Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, following Tokyo’s criticism of the U.N. body for last year listing Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre as a Memory of the World.   Kishida told reporters that the decision to withhold….Read more

  • October 14, 2016
  • , The Mainichi
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Ambassador Power on need to “close loophole” in sanctions against DPRK

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave an interview to Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo during her visit to Japan. In relation to the UN Security Council’s efforts to seek a more stringent sanctions resolution against North Korea’s nuclear tests, Power stated that “certain countries and organizations are exploiting the ‘exemptions’ provision. The implementation of stricter and more comprehensive….Read more

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Japan withholds dues to UNESCO, possibly over listing of documents on Nanjing Massacre

Saturday morning’s Sankei and Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Kishida stated at a news conference on Friday that Japan has been withholding this year’s financial contributions to UNESCO totaling some 4.4 billion yen. Although Kishida did not provide a specific explanation, the papers speculated that domestic criticism of the UN body for listing Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing….Read more

  • October 15, 2016
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Japan refuses to pay UNESCO dues

Asahi and Mainichi wrote that the GOJ has withheld the payment of some $38 million in UNESCO dues for this year perhaps in protest of the UN entity’s decision last year to add Nanjing Massacre documents to its Memory of the World Register. A senior MOFA official told an LDP committee yesterday that the dues have not been paid this….Read more

  • October 14, 2016
  • , Asahi
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Japan to mention Obama’s Hiroshima visit in draft UNGA resolution on nuclear disarmament

Asahi wrote that the GOJ has decided to include praise for the visits to Hiroshima by President Obama and G7 foreign ministers this year in its draft resolution to be submitted to the First Committee of the UN General Assembly that discusses disarmament and international security. Although the move is intended to gain support for the resolution from the U.S.,….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Aso, Lew vow to cooperate for strong UN sanctions on N. Korea

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, Kyodo — Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday affirmed their commitment in working with other countries to adopt a new U.N. Security Council resolution to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its fifth and largest nuclear test last month.   During a meeting in Washington, Aso and….Read more

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Ambassador Power stresses need for new UN sanctions resolution on North Korea

Sunday’s Asahi reported on its one-on-one interview with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power in Tokyo on Saturday. The paper wrote that concerning the discussions at the UN Security Council on a new resolution on tougher sanctions against North Korea, Ambassador Power stated that some nations and organizations are abusing “exemptions” in the sanctions and that stricter and more….Read more

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