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Japan Continues Work at US Base Relocation Site in Okinawa (News)

Nago, Okinawa Pref., Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Defense Ministry on Tuesday went ahead with work in preparation for the construction of a replacement facility for the US Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. The ministry's Okinawa Defense Bureau dropped large concrete blocks into the sea off the Henoko district in Nago, also in the southernmost prefecture, even thou…
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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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Ambassador Kennedy Leaves Japan (News)

Narita, Chiba Pref., Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)—US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy left Japan on Wednesday, after staying in the country for three years and two months. Kennedy arrived at Narita International Airport near Tokyo in the evening with her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, and others. "Bye! I'm going to miss you," she told reporters, as she entered the terminal building. Before boarding…
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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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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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Outgoing US Ambassador Kennedy Thanks Okinawa People (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Outgoing US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy expressed her gratitude on Monday to the people of Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, as part of a farewell video message. "I'm grateful to the people of Okinawa for helping me to better understand their struggle and our shared history," Kennedy said in the message released the same day. "I hope we continue to …
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Trump’s Defense Pick Intends to Keep Military Posture in Asia-Pacific (News)

Washington, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's defense chief pick, underscored on Thursday the need to maintain the US military posture in the Asia-Pacific region. "As this is a primarily maritime theater, our naval forces, supported by other elements of the military, should be the centerpiece of the Department of Defense's integrated strategy for th…
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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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Trump Frustrated with US Trade Deficits with Japan, Others (News)

New York, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—US President-elect Donald Trump expressed his discontent with his country's trade deficits with Japan and other countries, during his first press conference since the November 8 presidential election, held in New York on Wednesday. "We have hundreds of billions of dollars of losses on a yearly basis, hundreds of billions with China on trade and trade imbalance, wi…
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Toyota to Invest $10 Billion in US over Five Years (News)

Detroit, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)—Toyota Motor Corp. will invest 10 billion dollars in the United States over the next five years, President Toyoda Akio said Monday. "We will be investing another 10 billion here...in just the next five years alone" after spending 22 billion dollars over the past 60 years, Toyoda said during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opened Monday. …
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