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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Speaks of New Regional Role During Japan Visit

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi arrived in Japan on Monday for a five-day visit to promote Japan-Iran relations. Araghchi, who served as Iran’s ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2011, will meet with leading political and cultural figures during his stay. The deputy foreign minister garnered international recognition in 2015 as a key member of the Iranian delegation that reac…
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Japan Maternal Handbook App Offered for Refugees in Jordan (News)

Amman, Jordan, April 8 (Jiji Press)—Japan's maternal and child health handbook has been turned into a smartphone app for use by Palestinian refugees in Jordan, through the collaboration of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and a UN organization. With the app, even if refugees lose their handbooks while moving to new locations due to a conflict, their health records will be maintained e…
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Saudi King’s Visit Stirs Business Hopes in Japan (News)

Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)—Saudi King Salman’s four-day visit to Japan from Sunday is stirring hopes for a special business boom in the host nation, with the royal visit seen accompanied by a total of 1,000-1,500 royal family members, government officials, business executives and others. Some 1,000 rooms in luxury hotels have been booked for the king’s delegation, while hundreds of limousines…
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Abu Dhabi’s Black Gold—and More—Lures Japan to the United Arab Emirates

Japanese company INPEX recently secured a new 40-year contract for an Abu Dhabi oil concession, helping to maintain a steady oil supply for Japan. And the Middle East and North Africa region is also drawing interest, for its fast economic growth and the size of its potential future market, tempered with wariness at the civil wars and terrorism that wrack the area.
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Terror Strikes During Abe’s Mideast TripKamal Gaballa

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s visit to the Middle East, which this week took him to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine, was dramatically interrupted on January 20 by a terrorist incident targeting Japanese nationals. The group Daesh, which calls itself Islamic State or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), released a video that afternoon (Japan time) claiming to have taken hostage the journ…
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The True Benefits of Studying in JapanAlmoamen Abdalla

The noted nineteenth-century British scholar of Japan Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850–1935) commented in his 1902 work Things Japanese that in Japan there exists a “comparative social equality of all ranks and stations . . . The rich not being blatant, the poor are not abject . . . A genuine spirit of equality pervades society.” That spirit can still be felt today. Reading these words, I am reminded…
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Behind the New Abe Diplomacy: An Interview with Cabinet Advisor Yachi Shōtarō (Part Two)

In the second half of our interview with Special Cabinet Advisor Yachi Shōtarō, the veteran diplomat speaks out about key foreign-policy challenges facing the Abe cabinet, including controversial plans for the relocation of US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, resolution of the Northern Territories dispute with Russia, and the negotiation of multiple free trade agreements.
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The New Palestinian Prime Minister Looks Ahead

Just days after taking the helm as the new Palestinian prime minister, Dr. Rami Hamdallah met the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Sasakawa Yōhei, in Palestine. On June 11, the two discussed the Palestinian situation and how Japan can provide assistance.
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Japanese Energy Strategy in the Shale-Gas EraShibata Akio

With imports of natural gas booming following the shutdown of nuclear reactors nationwide, Shibata Akio calls for a national energy strategy geared to new domestic and global realities—including a global energy market transformed by the shale revolution.
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Japan and the Geopolitics of the Shale RevolutionTaniguchi Tomohiko

The “shale revolution” offers the promise of energy independence for the United States and another energy option for Japan in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But Taniguchi Tomohiko argues that it could also have perilous repercussions—political as well as economic—for which Japan must prepare itself by “thinking about the unthinkable.”
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