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Kishida, Italian PM Meloni agree to form strategic partnership

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are those Zimmer frames they're using?

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once upon a time they used strings to operate puppets, this must be a new approach, sort of propping them up. (^_-)

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"strategic partnership" has the ring of truth. Not a partnership based on "trust" or "common values". Just good old "strategy".

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Now, you’ve got China worried!

When they stop laughing.

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Breathtaking news, not.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Why is this news?

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Not sure what they are trying to do given that there are no teeth behind this, dare I say news...

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Let’s have economic ties with a EU country that is entering a recession and is famous for corruption.

The fighter plane project will fail just like the F35 we bought 126 of. Drones from Turkiye or Iran make more logical sense.

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This is interesting,in every Italian major newspaper like “Corriere Della Sera” or “Repubblica” they mention of the Italian PM meeting the Pope in vatican and other news but no mention about Kishida’s meeting.

This is how much is important the Japanese PM in Europe.

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Among the fields of heightened cooperation, Kishida, speaking through an interpreter, cited diplomacy, investment, railways and cinema.

He forgot to mention anime and Japanese beef…

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

So while in France he got to visit Notre-Dame, what about Italy? Totally unnecessary trip and nothing that couldn't have been handled via online conferencing. Just trying to show Japan that his defense initiative is being hailed abroad so that he can push for his tax increase to pay for his war toyz just so Joe can pat him on the back.

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JackRabbits:

I read these newspaper online every day,including “Il messaggero” which is the main newspaper in Rome.

And in none of the newspaper I mentioned they had Kishida’s visit as mainline article.

Kishida doesn’t have the political weight people in Japan want us to believe.

https://www.corriere.it/

https://www.repubblica.it/

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Japan, trying to gang up with fellow "first world countries" so they can find ways on how to keep their space on top of the global economies. Meanwhile, Africa is already almost owned by China. Interesting strategy, though, Kishida!

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

"strategic partnership" has the ring of truth. Not a partnership based on "trust" or "common values". Just good old "strategy".

I would have to agree with that. Japan is not a democracy, doesn't have a good human rights record, and its justice system is a farce. So to call it an ally is inaccurate. It is a strategic partner. No more.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Reasonable to assume the relationship between Japan and Italy is stronger than other European countries

You assume wrong.

The relationship between Japan and Germany, the UK and France is of magnitudes bigger than Italy. Both in trade terms and diplomatic alignment.

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Why is Italy part of the G7,when South Korea GDP is larger than Italy and has a democracy centric government

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

No Italy and Japan are definitely allies .

Japanese democracy hasn't panned out like the USA democracy had i agree.

And yes agreed human rights and justice is absolutely aweful in Japan and more akin to Chinese democratic dictatorship .

A false democracy yes.

I would agree with you on everything except the fact that they are allies. There are good relations between the EU and Japan, to be sure, BUT in case of war breaking out where Europe was attacked by Russia or Japan being attacked by China or N Korea, I can't really see either Japan nor Italy coming to the other's defense. The EU has its own strategic interests that are very different from Japan's, even though they do find common ground, such as Ukraine, but to call them allies isn't accurate in my opinion.

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With all the due respect I can see that some posters here have very little knowledge of Italy,a country which I partly grew up and lived half of my life.

For sure Italy has many problems like many democracies,but saying that Italy has a militaristic and democratic system like Japan is simply untrue.

Italy is by culture,history and tradition a vital and integral part of Europe and it’s history.

And to be part of the European Union which Italy is a founding nation needs high human rights and a democratic values.

Japan and Italy have little in common besides the American allies and the common thread of China which for Italy and Europe is more commercial than military due to the geographical position.

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@William77

With all the due respect I can see that some posters here have very little knowledge of Italy,a country which I partly grew up and lived half of my life.

For sure Italy has many problems like many democracies,but saying that Italy has a militaristic and democratic system like Japan is simply untrue.

Italy is by culture,history and tradition a vital and integral part of Europe and it’s history.

And to be part of the European Union which Italy is a founding nation needs high human rights and a democratic values.

Japan and Italy have little in common besides the American allies and the common thread of China which for Italy and Europe is more commercial than military due to the geographical position.

You also forgot the Roman empire, the Catholic church and colonization, and Italy's involvement with Japan and Germany in WWII. There is actually a statue in Hibiya park commemorating the former axis of evil.

I am not saying Italy has future plans for world conquest, but history has shown that Italy has not always been democratically friendly unless you are Italian or even tolerant of people from other cultures!

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Both countries have birth rates well below replacement levels, so that's something they have in common in addition to being satrapies of the global US empire.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Many rightfully like to poke fun of Kishida, but Japan chairs the G7 this year so it is expected that he visit the other G7 countries to get their input on an agenda.

My personal prediction? Okonomiyaki for lunch day 1.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

They just should agree on what is acceptable to put on a pizza, corn and mayo=no!

Also get the recipe for real carbonara...

That would be a more useful summit.

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I don't know how much "agreement" is if value!

The Italian government all the way back to before WW 2 has a habit of promising things it's military cannot deliver or in some cases have.

The latest in political promise vs reality is Ukraine.

Italian politicians and government promised to supply Ukraine with FSAF SAMP/T Mamba air defense systems .

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said on Tuesday: "technical issues" delay supply of air defence system to Ukraine"

So what are the technical issues?

Well the fact Italy only has 6 yes that is right politicians made a promise without knowing the military only has 5 deployed around Italy's own sensitive sites and one training model.

This is what Italy does, the government signs agreement makes promises without actually knowing if it can do what it says.

The FSAF SAMP/T Mamba air defense systems was supposedly jointly "developed" by France and Italy, the French built 32 for themselves self 12 sor other countries and Italy built 6 as far as I can find.

So anything joint will really be Japan doing it all.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

It helps if your actually old enough to remember history

I must not be up on my history because I don't remember the "sino China wars" (Google doesn't seem to remember it either. Go figure.)

Perhaps you could "enlighten" (stifles a giggle) us?

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On the up side, Italy has, or so I am told, this technology - bordering on the fantastical - that allows it's military satilites to change the votes of a poll machine not connected to the internet!

If true (stifles snort), this would make Italy the world's leading tech power!

So there is that.....

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Italy is a fine country and a fine people with a beautiful culture. I am happy to see any improvement in Italian Japanese relationships.

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The Italians also make the most beautiful cars in the world

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These European are quacking in their boots,they are insecure of the Republican calling them to sure the burden of Ukraine , anybody that are force to do anything by Republicans are weak

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Of course they are allies and have been since the sino Japanese wars against the ching Dynasty and through ww2 and still now.

AGain, I would not call them allies. They are strategic partners.

This isn't my opinion it's a fact.

No it's not .

Iam not arguing

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