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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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Southeast Asian Visitors Pursue the Total Japan ExperienceŌtsuka Tomohiko

Japan is an ever more popular destination for tourists from Southeast Asia. No longer content with Tokyo and Kyoto alone, they are heading further afield and seeking out distinctly Japanese experiences. The travel industry and local authorities should make the most of this trend by working to ensure that all visitors are satisfied.
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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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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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TPP Negotiations and Japan

Negotiations are now underway for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with an eye to concluding the free-trade agreement before the end of 2013. Japan only formally joined the negotiations at the final stage. Attention is focused on how well the country will be able to steer TPP rules in a direction that protects its national interests.
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Halting Japan’s Scientific SlideHayashi Yukihide

Japan’s scientific community rejoiced on hearing the news that stem cell researcher Yamanaka Shin'ya had won the 2012 Nobel Prize in medicine. But beneath the jubilation lurk deep concerns over the future of scientific research in Japan. Hayashi Yukihide analyzes the problem and calls for a regional research fund to halt the decline and tap East Asia's scientific potential.
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ASEAN’s Positive Record and Ambitious PlansYamakage Susumu

The July 2012 meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers became deadlocked over the South China Sea issue, and for the first time ever a joint communiqué was not issued. Yamakage Susumu, a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, considers the issues this Southeast Asian group faces and the role Japan should play in the region.
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Shifting Definitions of “East Asia” and Regional CooperationMiyagi Taizō

East Asia is a diverse area encompassing the ASEAN members as well as Japan and its Northeast Asian neighbors, China and Korea. Asia specialist Miyagi Taizō examines the history of cooperation in the region and the issues it now faces.
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