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Suga sends condolences to Haitian PM over earthquake

Tokyo, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a message of condolences to his Haitian counterpart, Ariel Henry, over a major earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation on Saturday.   In the message sent on Sunday, Suga said that Japan is ready to extend as much assistance as possible to help Haiti overcome the hardship posed by the….Read more

  • August 16, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:08 a.m.
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Motegi’s visits to Central America and Caribbean aimed to counter China

By Kaite Yusuke   At the conclusion of his seven-day trip to Central American and Caribbean nations, Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu joined an online foreign ministerial of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM, 14 states) from Jamaica on the afternoon on July 20 (early morning July 21, Japan time).   This is the Japanese foreign minister’s fourth overseas trip this year. Motegi’s….Read more

  • July 22, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Japan, Caribbean countries to work closely toward rules-based order

TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his counterparts from the Caribbean island nations agreed Tuesday to promote a free and open international order based on the rule of law, according to the Foreign Ministry, in a veiled counter to China’s attempt to expand its influence in the region.   In an online gathering with the Caribbean Community, the 15-member regional bloc….Read more

  • July 21, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 1:34 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Japan expects Cuba to listen to anti-gov’t protestors

TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez on Monday that Japan hopes Havana will take steps to respond to the demands of anti-government protestors earlier this month.   “I am looking forward to seeing the government listen to the voices of many people and the situation improving,” Motegi was quoted as telling Rodriguez in….Read more

  • July 20, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 11:53 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Japan vows support for Panama in quality infrastructure development

TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi pledged in a meeting with his Panamanian counterpart Erika Mouynes on Sunday that Tokyo will provide support for the development of quality infrastructure in the Central American country.   Noting that Japan has been one of the main users of the Panama Canal, which links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Motegi expressed willingness to “contribute….Read more

  • July 19, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:17 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. is behind antigovernment protests: Cuban Ambassador to Japan

During an online lecture on July 17, Cuban Ambassador to Japan Miguel Ramírez completely denied reports of antigovernment protests in the socialist country located in the Caribbean Sea. During the event, which was attended by over 100 people, he stressed that the massive rally that took place on July 11 was “instigated by the U.S. and prompted mainly by criminals….Read more

  • July 18, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Japan will consider providing COVID vaccines to Guatemala: FM Motegi

Minister of Foreign Affairs Motegi Toshimitsu met with his Guatemalan counterpart Pedro Brolo in Guatemala on July 16 (July 17, Japan time). After being requested during the meeting to provide COVID-19 vaccines, Motegi told Foreign Minister Brolo that Japan will consider providing COVID-19 vaccines to the Central American country. Guatemala is one of 15 nations that maintain diplomatic ties with….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

FM Motegi agrees to strengthen cooperation with eight Central American nations 

Sunday’s Yomiuri reported that Foreign Minister Motegi, who is currently visiting Central America, held an online meeting with the foreign ministers of the eight Central American nations comprising the Central America Integration System on Friday afternoon in Guatemala. The daily wrote that Motegi agreed to cooperate with the foreign ministers to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law with China in mind. Prior to….Read more

  • July 18, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Japan’s top diplomat kicks off tour of Central America and Cuba

MIKI OKUYAMA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi departed Thursday for a visit to four countries in Central America and the Caribbean to help the U.S. counteract Chinese influence in Washington’s backyard.   Motegi is set to arrive in Guatemala, then visit Panama and Cuba before wrapping up his trip in Jamaica. While in Guatemala,….Read more

  • July 16, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:12 a.m.
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FM Motegi kicks off tour of Central American and Caribbean nations 

Nikkei wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi departed on Thursday for a visit to four countries in Central America and the Caribbean—Guatemala, Panama. Cuba, and Jamaica. While in Guatemala on Friday, Motegi will join an online meeting with his counterparts from the eight-member Central American Integration System. On Tuesday he will participate in a meeting of foreign ministers from the 14-member Caribbean Community. The paper….Read more

  • July 16, 2021
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