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Trump’s Asia Tour and Japanese DiplomacyKohara Masahiro

The author, a former diplomat, assesses the outcome of President Trump’s recent Asian tour and considers the implications for Japan’s foreign policy, noting the importance of stronger ties between Tokyo and Beijing against the backdrop over uncertainty about the prospects for the North Korean nuclear and missile development programs and the shape of the regional order.
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Jenkins, Husband of Ex-Abductee to North Korea Soga, Dies at 77 (News)

Niigata, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)—Charles Jenkins, the husband of Soga Hitomi, who was abducted by North Korea in 1978 and returned to Japan in 2002, died of fatal arrhythmia on Monday. He was 77. Jenkins, a former US soldier from North Carolina, deserted the US forces in South Korea and crossed the Korean demilitarized zone in 1965. He taught English in North Korea. Jenkins married Soga, now 58…
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North Korea Fires ICBM into Sea of Japan (News)

Seoul, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)—North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan in the small hours of Wednesday, Japanese and US defense officials said. Pyongyang's fresh provocation is expected to further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and prompt the international community to strengthen pressure to make the reclusive nation abandon its nuclear and missile …
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Eight Bodies Found in Ship Washed Ashore in Northeastern Japan (News)

Akita, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)—Eight bodies were found Monday in a wooden ship that washed ashore in the northeastern Japan city of Oga, Akita Prefecture. The Akita office of the Japan Coast Guard is investigating the ship and the nationality of the bodies. It is one of several wooden ships found off the Japanese coast this month that may have come from North Korea. The coast guard received on …
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Trump in Japan: Can America Address Its Strategic Shortcomings?Teshima Ryūichi

US President Donald Trump kicked off his tour of Asian nations with his first visit to Japan, a vital ally to the United States. Summit meetings with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō produced agreement on the need for a stronger alliance to pressure North Korea and forge a free, open Indo-Pacific region. But can a fading American presence in the face of China’s rise be reversed?
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Japan Adopts Additional Sanctions on North Korea (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday additional sanction measures it will impose on its own against North Korea, freezing the assets of 35 organizations and individuals linked to the country. By expanding the scope of its unilateral sanctions, Japan is aiming to cut off financial sources for research and development activities or inflows of…
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Trump Meets Former Japanese Abductee to North Korea (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)—Visiting US President Donald Trump on Monday met with a Japanese citizen who was once abducted to North Korea and families of other Japanese abductees in the reclusive country. During the meeting at the Akasaka Palace state guesthouse in Tokyo, Trump stressed that his administration will work with Japan to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citize…
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Abe, Trump Agree to Maximize Pressure on North Korea (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and visiting US President Donald Trump agreed Monday to boost efforts to put maximum pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile development. "The two of us were able to show the rest of the world the unshakeable Japan-US alliance," Abe said at a joint press conference held after their 90-minute talks at the State Gues…
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Japanese Abductee Families May Meet with Trump in November (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)—US President Donald Trump is likely to meet with the parents of Yokota Megumi and other members of the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents decades ago during his planned visit to Japan early next month, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Thursday. Through the meeting, Japan and the United States aim to demonstrate to North Korea their s…
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Japan’s Kōno Urges All Nations to Sever Ties with North Korea (News)

New York, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)—Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Kōno Tarō on Thursday urged all countries to sever diplomatic and economic relations with North Korea in the wake of its recent series of provocations. "We are now facing an unprecedented threat that is more grave and imminent to the security of the entire international community," he said in a speech, titled "Diplomacy in Creep…
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