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Leaders of Japan, Canada meet in person for the first time

Yomiuri reported that Prime Minister Kishida and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau held their first official in-person meeting on the margins of the G7 summit on Monday. The two leaders reportedly agreed to strengthen cooperation toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific. They also reportedly exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific and confirmed that any unilateral attempt….Read more

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FM Hayashi to visit Fiji, Palau 

Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi is making arrangements to visit Fiji and Palau in early May to exchange views with senior officials of these two South Pacific island states on the idea of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The paper speculated that the trip is aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the region. 

  • April 23, 2022
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‘No special treatment’ for China’s CPTPP bid: Mexican trade official

KOSUKE SHIMIZU, Nikkei staff writer   MEXICO CITY — Members of the CPTPP trade pact will not bend the rules to admit China, a senior Mexican trade official told Nikkei, putting a less-positive spin on Beijing’s application than a reported comment by Mexico’s foreign secretary.   “We want to make sure that we maintain the standard, or that we improve….Read more

  • November 24, 2021
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Japan PM Kishida, Colombian vice president agree to strengthen ties

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez on Tuesday, with the two agreeing to step up bilateral cooperation to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.   Ramirez, who doubles as foreign minister, has been visiting Japan since Saturday. She congratulated Kishida on the ruling coalition’s victory in the recent general election, according….Read more

  • November 9, 2021
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Kishida holds talks with visiting Colombian vice president 

Yomiuri and Mainichi wrote that Prime Minister Kishida held an in-person meeting with Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez on Tuesday at the Kantei. The paper wrote that the two officials agreed to expedite the ongoing discussions on an economic partnership agreement between their countries and that Kishida told Ramirez Colombia is an important partner with which….Read more

  • November 10, 2021
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Interview: Colombia invites Japan to be full member of Pacific Alliance

RURIKA IMAHASHI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Colombia’s vice president has called on Japan to join the Pacific Alliance, a four-member Latin American trade bloc that aims to expand exports to Asia.   “We would like Japan to become a full member of the alliance,” Marta Lucia Ramirez, the Republic of Colombia’s vice president and foreign minister told Nikkei….Read more

  • November 7, 2021
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Japan tourism agency opens offices in UAE, Mexico

The Japan National Tourism Organization has set up its first offices in the Middle East and Central America, as it prepares to welcome back foreign tourists.   The move comes as other countries re-open their borders to tourists. Since January, Japan has banned entry by almost all foreign nationals in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.  ….Read more

  • November 2, 2021
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Fukuoka declares bid to host G-7 summit in 2023

FUKUOKA – The Fukuoka prefectural and city governments in southwestern Japan said Monday they hope to host the 2023 summit meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.   The local governments want to host the annual meeting in the city of Fukuoka as part of efforts to boost its image overseas and attract more tourists and businesses, according to….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
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Japan to extend $3.25 mil. in humanitarian aid to quake-hit Haiti

TOKYO — Japan will extend $3.25 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean country last month, leaving more than 2,200 dead and over 12,000 others injured, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.   The aid, to be provided through the U.N. World Food Program, the U.N. Children’s Fund and other international relief agencies, is….Read more

  • September 10, 2021
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Japan to send emergency supplies to quake-hit Haiti

TOKYO – The Japanese government has decided to provide relief supplies to Haiti where a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Saturday killed some 1,300 people and injured around 5,700, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.   Plastic sheets, sleeping mats and other supplies will be shipped from the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s warehouse in the U.S. city of Miami based on a request….Read more

  • August 16, 2021
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