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Ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Japan’s ODA to Brazil

Sao Paulo, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)–A ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the start of Japan’s official development assistance to Brazil was held Monday in Sao Paulo. Japan has provided aid of over 440 billion yen in total to the South American country, which has some two million people of Japanese ancestry, the world’s largest such community outside Japan, making….Read more

  • November 5, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 0:52 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Cuban Ambassador to Japan says U.S. embargo caused 4.3 billion dollars in damage

Cuban Ambassador to Japan Carlos Miguel Pereira held a press conference at this embassy in Tokyo on Oct. 4 and said Cuba had sustained damage amounting 4.3 billion dollars (463.8 billion yen) from April 2018 to March 2019 due to unjust economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. The total cost of the damage from 1962 amounted to about 138.8 billion….Read more

  • October 6, 2019
  • , Akahata , p. 5
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Senior DOS official comments on Iran, coalition of the willing

Saturday morning’s Asahi ran an interview with Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook that was held in New York on Thursday. The paper wrote that concerning the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, the senior USG official reportedly said Iran is responsible for the attacks. Hook added that silence will invite further attacks by Iran and that the….Read more

  • September 28, 2019
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

Commentary: Why Japan needs to build ties with Canada in the face of Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda

Last month, on the eve of the G20 summit in Osaka, reports emerged that U.S. President Donald Trump was openly mulling a withdrawal from the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty as a result of an “unfair” sharing of alliance burdens.

  • July 10, 2019
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INTERVIEW: Brazil shows respect for Japan’s whaling stance

Sao Paulo, June 12 (Jiji Press) — Brazil respects the position of Japan, which plans to resume commercial whaling next month after a hiatus of three decades, Brazilian environment minister Ricardo Salles said in a recent interview with Jiji Press. “We respect the position of Japan, but Brazil is against whale hunting,” Salles said, signaling a certain level of understanding….Read more

  • June 12, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 4:41 p.m.
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Defense ministerial held between Japan, Canada

Yomiuri wrote that Defense Minister Iwaya held talks with his visiting Canadian counterpart Sajjan at the ministry on Monday, noting that in a joint communique released afterward, the two officials voiced “serious concern” about the situation in the South and East China Seas apparently with China’s maritime advancement in mind. At the outset of the meeting, the Canadian official said….Read more

  • June 4, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , NHK
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Upper House approves investment pact with Argentina

The House of Councillors passed and approved an investment agreement between Japan and Argentina at a plenary session on May 29. The agreement is aimed at protecting the rights of companies and investors to promote mutual investment between the two countries. The pact will enable investors to file claims with international arbitration organizations if they suffer damage. Prime Minister Shinzo….Read more

  • May 30, 2019
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Abe to visit Europe, N. America from April 22

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he will visit four European countries and North America from April 22, to facilitate Japan’s role as host of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka.   Abe will tour France, Italy, Slovakia and Belgium, where he plans to meet with European Council President Donald Tusk, before traveling to the United States….Read more

  • April 8, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 3:01 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Europe & Eurasia

Japan agrees with EU, Canada to maintain pressure on N. Korea

DINARD, France — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed with the European Union, France, Britain and Canada on Friday to maintain pressure on North Korea so as to get the country to denuclearize.   In separate meetings in Dinard, western France, Kono affirmed the commitment with his EU, French and British counterparts to fully enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea,….Read more

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Japan to cooperate in infrastructure development in Panama

Yomiuri and Mainichi reported on a meeting held between Prime Minister Abe and President Varela of Panama at the Kantei on Thursday. The papers wrote that Abe pledged Japan’s continued cooperation in Panama’s development of infrastructure, including the Panama Canal and a monorail line. At a post-meeting joint press conference, Abe said Japan will further deepen its partnership with Panama….Read more

  • April 5, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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