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Kishida Vows to Build Close Ties with New US Government (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio expressed the government's eagerness on Friday to build close relations with the new US administration led by Donald Trump. "With protectionism and inward-looking leanings intensifying globally, international order based on the rule of law faces challenges," Kishida said in a foreign policy speech to a plenary meeting of the H…
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An Expanding Role for Japan: An Interview with Admiral Dennis Blair

Developments including Chinese military buildup, the Brexit issue in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump as US President provide Japan with a range of challenges going forward. As Japan responds to these concerns, Admiral Dennis Blair sees the nation’s relationship with the United States remaining a bulwark in the Asia region and expects it to increasingly take a leading role in such areas as defense, diplomacy, and the world economy.
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US-China Relations Under the Trump Administration: A View from TokyoKawashima Shin

East Asia expert Kawashima Shin reviews America’s China policy under Obama and considers the prospects for relations between Washington and Beijing under Trump, along with the implications for Japan.
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Abe Offers Vietnam Patrol Ships (News)

Hanoi, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Monday offered to provide Vietnam with six newly built patrol ships in a bid to help the Southeast Asian country boost its maritime security capabilities. At a meeting in Hanoi, Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, confirmed that their countries will join forces for stability in the South China Sea, where China i…
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Asia-Pacific Nations Agree on Close Cooperation with United States: Abe (News)

Hanoi, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Wrapping up his tour to four Asia-Pacific countries, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Monday that he has agreed with the leaders there to continue their close cooperation with the United States for peace and security in the region. Ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday, Abe expressed his willingness to hold talks with the new president…
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Abe, Duterte Reaffirm Cooperation on South China Sea (News)

Manila, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed Thursday that the two countries will continue to work together to ensure stability in the South China Sea, where Manila has a territorial dispute with Beijing. The two leaders, meeting at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, also agreed that Japan will provide high-speed small boats to he…
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Trump’s Secretary of State Pick Reaffirms Protection of Japan’s Senkakus (News)

Washington, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson expressed intention Wednesday to defend the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands against Chinese aggression, if any, based on the Japan-US security treaty. "We have longstanding ally commitments with Japan and South Korea in the area, and I think we would respond in accordance with those (security) accords," Tillerson…
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Abe Leaves on Four-Nation Asia-Pacific Tour (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō left Thursday for the Philippines, the first destination of a six-day tour of four Asia-Pacific nations. Abe aims to strengthen ties with the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, and Vietnam to highlight the significance of multilateral cooperation involving the United States for the stability of the Asia-Pacific region amid uncertain…
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Putin Visit a Historic Step Forward for Japan-Russia RelationsSatō Masaru

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 15 and 16 at a summit that saw the two leaders agree to begin talks on joint economic activities in the Northern Territories. Media reports in Japan have generally portrayed the talks as having failed to resolve the bilateral dispute over islands off Hokkaidō, but former diplomat and Russian expert Satō Masaru considers the summit an important step forward for Japan-Russia relations.
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Abe Hopes to Visit Russia Early Next Year (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō Tuesday expressed his wish to visit Russia early next year to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin again. "We have no other way than directing the territorial issue to a solution while shaping a vision of a win-win future," Abe said in a speech at a conference hosted by the Research Institute of Japan, a Jiji Press a…
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