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Japan, France unveil new road map to boost defense, economic security

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Japan and France agreed Saturday on a new road map to bolster defense and economic security cooperation between their countries, with China's expanding clout in the Indo-Pacific region apparently in mind. The road map, which set goals for cooperation in a broad range of areas through 2027, called for maintaining… Read

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Nuclear arms ban treaty confab warns of 'existential threat to humanity'

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Parties to a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons warned of the "existential threat to humanity" posed by nuclear arms and reaffirmed their commitment to the "prohibition and complete elimination" of the weapons in a declaration they adopted at the end of their five-day meeting on Friday. While a draft of… Read

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Kishida pledges at climate summit to phase out coal-fired power

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Friday to take necessary measures to reduce Japan's reliance on coal-fired power generation, aiming to achieve its commitment to realizing carbon neutrality by 2050. In a speech at a U.N. meeting on climate change in the United Arab Emirates, Kishida added Japan plans to enhance… Read

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Japan hopes for early easing of tensions in Gaza, Kishida tells Israel president

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told Israeli President Isaac Herzog Friday that he hopes tensions in Gaza would ease as soon as possible, the Japanese government said. During their talks on the sidelines of a U.N. conference on climate change in the United Arab Emirates, Kishida was also quoted as… Read

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Japan, S Korea revive currency swap agreement as ties thaw

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Japan and South Korea signed Friday a bilateral currency swap agreement to enable access to the other's funds in times of emergency, reviving an arrangement that expired eight years ago amid the cooling of ties over wartime history. The signing of the $10 billion swap arrangement came after the finance… Read

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Kishida departs for UAE to attend U.N. climate meeting

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday embarked on a four-day trip to the United Arab Emirates to attend a U.N. conference on climate change, during which he is expected to hold talks with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Kishida is slated to take part in a summit-level gathering of the… Read

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Japan's ex-Foreign Minister Maehara to form new party

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Former Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Thursday that he has decided to leave the opposition Democratic Party for the People, which has recently moved closer to the ruling bloc, to form a new force in parliament. Maehara, who was also transport minister in an earlier government led by the… Read

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Japan's ruling bloc paves way for wider exports of defense items

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Japan's ruling bloc has paved the way for exporting weapons and ammunition manufactured in the country under overseas license to more nations, a source close to the matter said. But Japan will remain unable to export weapons to a country where an "armed attack" has occurred, such as Ukraine and… Read

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Tokyo to call governor election on July 7 with incumbent Koike in focus

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Tokyo will hold its gubernatorial election on July 7, 2024, the capital's election commission said Wednesday, with a focus on whether the incumbent, Yuriko Koike, will seek her third term. The Tokyo gubernatorial race would be one of the biggest political events in Japan in 2024 unless Prime Minister Fumio… Read

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Japan enacts ¥13 tril FY2023 extra budget for inflation relief

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Japan's parliament on Wednesday enacted a 13.20 trillion yen extra budget for the current business year through next March to fund steps to soften the blow of rising prices and aid the economy. The funds are needed to provide 70,000 yen to low-income households hurt by the cost-of-living crisis, retain… Read

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