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Japan welcomes Germany’s plan to send warship to Asia

Mainichi reported on an online meeting held between Defense Minister Kishi and his German counterpart on Tuesday. In response to the German official’s explanation that his nation will dispatch a warship to the Indo-Pacific region next year, the Japanese minister said: “We strongly support it. We would like to coordinate closely.” The two officials also exchanged views on the regional….Read more


Japan, Brazil agree on defense cooperation

Yomiuri wrote that Defense Minister Kishi and his Brazilian counterpart Azevedo held a videoconference on Tuesday and signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation between their countries that is aimed at increasing personnel exchanges and information sharing on the security front, including cybersecurity. The paper speculated that the move is intended to push back against China, which has been….Read more

  • December 16, 2020
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Central American ambassadors in Tokyo thank healthcare workers with 10,000 cups of coffee

By Ari Hirayama, staff writer   Ambassadors from seven Central American nations delivered coffee from their countries to local healthcare workers in the municipalities slated to host their athletes who will compete in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.   As a number of Central American countries share September 15 as their day of independence, Nicaraguan Ambassador Rodrigo Coronel (44)….Read more

  • October 19, 2020
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Suga, Trudeau discuss cooperation on free and open Indo-Pacific, coronavirus 

Nikkei, Asahi, and Sankei reported on Prime Minister Suga’s teleconference with his Canadian counterpart Trudeau on Wednesday. The papers wrote that the two leaders reaffirmed their cooperation in pursuing the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific in response to China’s activities in the East and South China Seas and agreed to continue to work together in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Asahi added that….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Suga, Trudeau agree to pursue free and open Indo-Pacific

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Wednesday reaffirmed their cooperation in pursuing a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”   In their first talks since Suga took office earlier in the month, the Japanese leader told Trudeau by phone he hopes to work with him to maintain peace and stability in the region and….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Suga, Trudeau agree to cooperate in realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific

NHK reported that Prime Minister Suga held a teleconference with his Canadian counterpart Trudeau for the first time since taking office, saying that the two leaders agreed to work closely toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region. According to the network, the two leaders also confirmed continued cooperation on measures to combat the new coronavirus and exchanged views on….Read more

  • September 30, 2020
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Foreign investment crucial to Mexico’s recovery: central banker

HIDETAKE MIYAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer   MEXICO CITY — Foreign investment will be critical for Mexico’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, Banco de Mexico Gov. Alejandro Diaz de Leon told Nikkei in a recent interview.   The central bank announced Wednesday that the economy could shrink by 8.8% to 12.8% in 2020 — possibly its worst year since the 14.8% contraction….Read more

  • August 28, 2020
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 6:47 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Japan considering providing medical assistance to Peru

NHK reported that Prime Minister Abe held a teleconference with his Peruvian counterpart Vizcarra this morning, saying that the two leaders explained their countries’ domestic measures to combat the coronavirus and agreed on the importance of the international community coming together to deal with the virus. Abe reportedly told the Peruvian president that Japan is considering providing medical equipment and….Read more

  • May 19, 2020
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Japan to provide Jamaica patrol vessels to beef up maritime security

TOKYO – Japan said Thursday it will provide Jamaica with patrol and rescue boats to help the Caribbean nation strengthen maritime security and disaster response capabilities.   The announcement came as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Jamaican counterpart Andrew Holness agreed on the importance of “free and open” maritime order during their meeting in Tokyo.   “Japan and….Read more

  • December 12, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 10:36 p.m.
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Brazil’s Okinawa descendants hold fundraiser for gutted Shuri Castle

SAO PAULO – Descendants of immigrants from Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture performed folk songs, dances and lyric dramas during a fundraising event in Sao Paulo on Sunday to help rebuild Okinawa’s historic Shuri Castle that burned down in October.   Around 800 spectators and 300 performers attended the event named “Chibariyo Uchina,” or “Hang in there Okinawa” in the Okinawan language.….Read more

  • December 9, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 12:03 p.m.
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