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Japan Voices Concern over Militarization of South China Sea (News)

Manila, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Foreign Minister Kōno Tarō expressed deep concerns on Sunday over China's island-building and militarization in the South China Sea. Japan will continue to press for the demilitarization of the sea, Kōno said at a meeting with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila. Kōno expressed hopes that China and ASEAN will draw u…
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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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The Hangzhou G20 Summit and Developments in Sino-Japanese RelationsShiroyama Hidemi

As host of this year’s G20 summit, China deployed adroit diplomacy to keep the South China Sea from coming up as a discussion topic. Meanwhile it continues to vigorously press its claim to Japan’s Senkaku Islands. Japan should conduct strategic PR to convey its message directly to the Chinese people.
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Timeline for July 2016

The House of Councillors election is held, Emperor Akihito reportedly expresses a wish to abdicate, and cultural phenomenon Pokémon Go is launched in Japan. These are the leading news stories of July 2016.
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Making Waves: Chinese Response to the South China Sea CaseKōda Yōji

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against Chinese actions in the South China Sea. During the previous month, China carried out a number of low-level provocations in the East China Sea in an attempt to distract global attention.
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