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Japan to strengthen ties with Cuba

All Saturday morning papers reported on Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Cuba on Sept. 22-23, during which he expressed Japan’s strong desire to strengthen its ties with the nation at a meeting with President Raul Castro by presenting a 13-point economic assistance package for Havana. During the meeting, Abe expressed strong concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and….Read more

  • September 24, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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Editorial: Use economic ties with Cuba as leverage for North Korea issues

Increased economic cooperation between Japan and Cuba in both the public and private sectors is highly expected to pave the way for coordination on addressing North Korean issues.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese premier to visit Cuba. He held talks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, president of the Council of State, and they both agreed….Read more

  • September 24, 2016
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Cartoon: Abe and Castro

  • September 24, 2016
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PM Abe meets with President Castro

All networks gave top play to reports on PM Abe’s historic visit to Cuba on Thursday. The networks said the premier held a meeting with Cuban President Castro for about 45 minutes and confirmed Japan’s increased investment in the country and called for Cuba’s cooperation in dealing with North Korea. Fuji TV also reported that the two nations agreed that Japan will provide about 1.3 billion yen….Read more

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Japan, Caribbean Community to cooperate on disaster management

New York (Kyodo) – Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held a foreign ministerial meeting with his counterparts from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Sept. 21 (Sept. 22, Japan time) in New York. Japan and  CARICOM agreed to push forward with cooperation in the areas of disaster management and the environment.   Kishida said Japan will steadily implement measures in support of….Read more

  • September 22, 2016
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Japan agrees to write off Cuba’s debt

Most papers wrote that ahead of Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Cuba on Sept. 22, the governments of Japan and Cuba signed a deal on Monday for Japan to gradually write off 119.7 billion yen of Cuba’s debt, which is two-thirds of the nation’s total debt to Japan. Tokyo hopes the debt relief will help promote economic ties with Havana.….Read more

  • September 21, 2016
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Japanese, Canadian leaders confirm cooperation in dealing with DPRK

Asahi and Mainichi wrote that Prime Minister Abe and his Canadian counterpart Trudeau spoke by phone on Tuesday and agreed on the need for their nations to cooperate in responding to North Korea. Abe told Trudeau that the unprecedented threat level calls for an unprecedented response and it is necessary for the international community to deal with the situation firmly.….Read more

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Abe to meet with Fidel Castro

Yomiuri reported on the disclosure by a GOJ source that PM Abe is likely to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro and his elder brother former President Fidel Castro when he visits Havana in late September. The prime minister is expected to convey the GOJ’s readiness to cancel two-thirds of the debt that Havana owes Tokyo, or 120 billion yen,….Read more

  • September 13, 2016
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Abe to visit Cuba next month

TV-Asahi claimed that PM Abe is likely to visit Cuba in late September via New York where he plans to attend the UN General Assembly meeting. In the first-ever trip to Havana by a Japanese leader, Abe is expected to hold a summit with President Raul Castro. The premier may also meet with Fidel Castro. Mainichi and Nikkei carried similar….Read more

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