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Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering visiting Kyiv in February and holding talks with Ukraine's President Volodomyr Zelenskyy, the Yomiuri newspaper reported Sunday, citing Japanese government sources.

As chair of the Group of Seven (G7) leading economies this year, Japan wants to show it intends to keep providing support to Ukraine while it also aims to release a statement with Kyiv condemning Russia's aggression, Yomiuri said.

Kishida will make a final decision about whether to go ahead with the visit based on the state of the war in Ukraine, Yomiuri said, citing multiple unnamed government sources.

Japan's foreign ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report.

Speaking at a television program on Sunday, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said the idea was something Japan must contemplate as chair of G7 this year.

"But nothing has been decided at this stage," he said, when asked about the possibility of Kishida visiting Kyiv.

Earlier this month, the Japanese leader told Zelenskyy in a phone call that he would weigh an invitation to visit Kyiv depending on "various circumstances".

Japan will host the annual G7 summit in May in Hiroshima, when Ukraine is expected to be a major topic of discussion. The other G7 countries are the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, France and Italy.

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Why don't you stay better in Japan and help your country and your people first??..

You are making a fool of yourself by being the US errand boy..

-2 ( +25 / -27 )

More of our tax money going on Kishida’s foreign trips …again?

To what end?

6 ( +25 / -19 )

It may just be me, but I would of thought you would not advertise going to visit a country that is involved in a bloody war. If you feel its that important that you need to be there, you just turn up.

Ideally forget about the photo op and use zoom.

11 ( +18 / -7 )

Great news! Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida proposes a February trip to Ukraine to talk with Prime Minister Zelensky of Ukraine? But why proposes such and important meeting? And not 100% certain?

Mr Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan?

2 ( +10 / -8 )

... it's about time Japan showed some interest in international affairs.

-4 ( +12 / -16 )

There is a meat grinder that the world has never seen!!!

No need to over exaggerate, I mean really. People are not eating the caulking in the walls to survive, or worse.

Throughout recent history the world has been host to much worse than what is going on in Ukraine. At least you dont see women and children being used as shields, or have bombs strapped to them, and exploding.

If you this this is "historical", you are either too young, or have not read or learned enough about the history of war.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

is this a photo op?

5 ( +11 / -6 )

When they meet, one guy will be wearing a pressed suit, necktie and polished shoes.

The other guy will be wearing a Sunday afternoon sweater and jogging pants.

I wonder what the Japanese public will think of that.

Again, bizarrely talking about the fashion of leaders. Zelenskyy is in the middle of coordinating the defense of his nation against the fascist invasion.

I bet you also take issue with Japanese PMs wearing emergency work-wear when visiting disaster sites. What does it matter?

8 ( +22 / -14 )

Good. It shows Russia that their invasion of Ukraine has made them an enemy of not only Europe and the U.S., etc., but Japan too. Such an invasion will never be tolerated. The Allies are strengthening by the day.

9 ( +21 / -12 )

Other than humanitarian aid, I dont see what the purpose of him going to Ukraine will accomplish, other than a photo op and trying to raise his popularity polls domestically. He is trying to recreate the "Mario" image of his mentor.

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

Why? What do you have to offer them?

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Rumania have visited Ukraine and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. I remember the former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a trailblazer of such a visit.

Every time I see such visits, though, I cannot help but wonder if Ukraine is really engaged in a war with Russia, being attacked by its missiles day and night. Can a civilian leader be invited to a war zone?

-1 ( +10 / -11 )

Every time I see such visits, though, I cannot help but wonder if Ukraine is really engaged in a war with Russia, being attacked by its missiles day and night. Can a civilian leader be invited to a war zone?

The entire nation of Ukraine is very big - and not all of it is currently under attack. In general it is the East and South East where the fascist attacks are coming from. Kiev is relatively quiet.

Is it that hard to understand?

4 ( +18 / -14 )

And this is why Japan continues to receive criticisms. Japan acts like a carnival clown, constantly barking at Russia and pounding their chest. It's insufferable.

At the same time, they retain business ties with Russia. There is no other country acting like this. Countries like the US follow through with their rhetoric. Other countries don't really take sides and keeps their mouths shut.

It is only Japan that is embarrassing themselves on the world stage. Just stop, Japan.

-11 ( +15 / -26 )

That guy just doesn't know how to stay home and take care of business. How many trips does this make for him?

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Every time I see such visits, though, I cannot help but wonder if Ukraine is really engaged in a war with Russia, being attacked by its missiles day and night. Can a civilian leader be invited to a war zone? Your eondering is very interesting really.

It speaks only about the adequacy of the Russian side. Russians don't shoot at civil targets. Zelen knows it very well. Sometimes high guests are lowered into a bomb shelter, an air alert is activated. So, this is something like theatrical show for the public to complain about the cruelty of the Russians. It is not truth. Although, some of these European leaders should have to be fried a bit:)

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

@YeahRight

It is Japanese culture. They value appearance and reputation over actual substance. It's all fake.

Japan talks a big game and attacks Russia, because they think it makes them look strong. But when it comes to issues that directly affect Japan, Japan willingly does business with Russia. The hypocrisy is unbelievable. No other country does this.

-9 ( +13 / -22 )

I must say that the Taiwanese are incredibly stupid and naive if they think Japan is coming to their aid if China invades. Japan has proven they are a 2-faced coward nation by retaining business ties to Russia. Japan will drop Taiwan when China invades. That is a guarantee.

-10 ( +12 / -22 )

Kishida is a complete waste of a suit!

Its all about his image and nothing else.

He can’t even decide a date for his photo-op

-8 ( +9 / -17 )

US puppet, Japan is has a debt problem, inflation problem, and heading towards an unrecoverable loss to the workforce, but yes let's show interest in Ukraine.

-10 ( +9 / -19 )

That’s going to end up being a very expensive trip for the taxpayers in the end.

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you this this is "historical", you are either too young, or have not read or learned enough about the history of war.

Haha, I'm presque 100 yo:))) in add I have a very good education. And, unlike u, I read information about the war in Ukraine FROM THE BOTH SIDES!!! Unlike me u read only smoothed slogans from your western information dumps.I read in Engl, French and Russian. U are going to teach me???!

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-10 ( +3 / -13 )

He should care more about his own Japanese people. Russia is our neighbor and important trade partner. Not ukraine.

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

Kishida to Zelensky: We will set up a government panel to consider foreign aid to Ukraine. Putin to Kishida: Sakhalin 1 and 2 are off the table. Kishida to Japanese press: We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety and stability of the country.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Frankly Japan has enough problems.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Kishida shouldn't visit Ukraine without bearing the gift of weapons as any good guest would do.

But there are no Japanese weapons that Ukraine would want, what Japan can give are American weapons it has.

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It doesn't matter if Russia is in the right here.

Russia is the aggressor, invading an independent nation and killing civilians.

Fascist Russia is NOT "in the right here" - unless you believe bigger, more powerful nations have a "right" to attack and invade smaller ones.

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Mr. Kishida, that is a very bad move, think about your country, inflation, how to rise worker’s monthly payments, so all the problem which we have here, that could be much better! just a tip from those who love and live in this country!

Sincerely,

Andrea

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@Fighto!

If China tells Canada to form an anti-US alliance and host Chinese missiles pointed at the US, the US would invade Canada. Who is at fault for this invasion? Can you really blame the US when it's just looking to protect themselves? Without China's influence, Canada would be neutral and no invasion would've happened, so who is mostly to blame in this situation?

-12 ( +8 / -20 )

Fly to Ukraine and with vague offers of economic aid. Or maybe just an offer to consider it in the future. Get good photo ops all footed by public money and return with slightly higher ratings. Mission accomplished.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Just as Winston Churchill visited France in 1940 when it was under attack by Nazi Germany, PM Kishida should visit Ukraine. So should President Biden.

What are you waiting for?!

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Why don't you stay better in Japan and help your country and your people first??...You are making a fool of yourself by being the US errand boy.. & More of our tax money going on Kishida’s foreign trips …again?"

Exactly....get to work and actually DO something for the long suffering taxpayers of Japan instead of just jetting around the world for photo-ops. Should have stayed on as Foreign Minister and not hussle for the PM job.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

what for?

again waste money of jpn taxpayers for nothing,for great public image of Japan?

how abt to talk abt peace negotiations instead of funding of Kiev regime by our money?

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

All the tanks here on islands don’t make so much sense, maybe he can give them a bunch of it. Islands need sea and air defense, not tanks. If the potential enemy made it until here or managed to entangle, then it’s over with or without tanks. Different there, the Ukrainian forces immediately need tanks to stand the Russians’ offensive attempts, better now, but latest when spring season started.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

1) Why not Zelinsky comes here?

2) What on earth business do we might have with Ukraine?

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Kishida shouldn't visit Ukraine without bearing the gift of weapons as any good guest would do."

He will go bearing an open cheque book, the usual J-way....meanwhile LDP insists they have no money for social services, people with disabilities, child support, pensioners..etc , take your pic.

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

PM Kishida has shown a lot of wisdom and bravery. I am pleasantly surprised.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

This is a prime example of how kishida shouldn't be prime Minister or hosting and international anything because he's always dithering.

It's as if he needs a mountain of excuses to hide the fact that he's too slow or incompetent to make decisions swiftly.

Get rid of kishida and his goons.

Japan deserves a better leader .

A leader that can make responsible decisions at a moments notice.

Kishida is a disappointment and an embarrassment for Japan.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

PM Kishida has shown a lot of wisdom and bravery. I am pleasantly surprised.

The best sarcastic comment .

Bravo !

Oh gosh..wait..were you not being sarcastic ?

Sorry lol

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Zelensky is a mark man,him an Putin are legitimate target in a military conflict

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

I see no one responded to my comment below.

If China tells Canada to form an anti-US alliance and host Chinese missiles pointed at the US, the US would invade Canada. Who is at fault for this invasion? Can you really blame the US when it's just looking to protect themselves? Without China's influence, Canada would be neutral and no invasion would've happened, so who is mostly to blame in this situation?

Maybe it's because deep down, everyone knows that the west is also to blame for the Ukraine situation. And to be frank, Japan trying to act like a big boy by using harsh language against Russia isn't helping the situation either.

Thinking that this is all Russia's fault is some smooth-brained thinking when all of these countries would've done the same exact thing if a hostile country/alliance was surrounding them.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Kishida runs away from japan's problems.....

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@Fighto

In every post you talk about “fascist” Russia.

Yes Russia is not a full democracy but it isn’y fascist either.

Maybe learn to use terms would be good,fascism was born in Italy from Mussolini in the 1920es as a movement separating from socialism.

The only fascist regimes were Nazi Germany,Franco’s Spain and many South American dictatorships financed by the US like the one from Pinochet or Peron.

Before use terms better have a lesson of history.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

@William77

It's also pretty funny how people think a Democracy is automatically better than Fascism or other forms of authoritarianism.

Even as an American, I question whether half the people in my country should be voting at all, especially when they are net fiscal takers or have IQs under 100.

The concept of giving everyone the right to vote is a pretty modern concept and is still undergoing experimentation.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

Why don't you stay better in Japan and help your country and your people first??..

A very isolationist, self centered and heartless view. Helping those in need has always been a noble act, and will always be such. Ukrainians being murdered in their thousands is much more urgent than anything happening in Japan right now but the worlds third largest economy should be able to help itself and others at the same time.

He should care more about his own Japanese people. Russia is our neighbor and important trade partner. Not ukraine.

Russia is a neighboring terrorist state and refuses to return Japanese territory it has occupied since WWII. Ukraine is much more of a friend than Russia ever has been.

how abt to talk abt peace negotiations instead of funding of Kiev regime by our money?

Russia has no desire for peace. Insisting Ukraine must recognize Russian sovereignty over Ukraine territory before talks can proceed shows they do not want peace.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

No need to over exaggerate, I mean really. People are not eating the caulking in the walls to survive, or worse.

Throughout recent history the world has been host to much worse than what is going on in Ukraine. At least you dont see women and children being used as shields, or have bombs strapped to them, and exploding.

If you this this is "historical", you are either too young, or have not read or learned enough about the history of war.

We haven't seen a regional power attempt to eliminate a neighbor just for territory in some time.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

If China tells Canada to form an anti-US alliance and host Chinese missiles pointed at the US, the US would invade Canada. Who is at fault for this invasion? Can you really blame the US when it's just looking to protect themselves? Without China's influence, Canada would be neutral and no invasion would've happened, so who is mostly to blame in this situation?

If Russia was afraid of old soviet nonnuclear missiles they are more pathetic than they've been shown to be on the battlefield.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

In every post you talk about “fascist” Russia.

Yes Russia is not a full democracy but it isn’y fascist either.

Maybe learn to use terms would be good,fascism was born in Italy from Mussolini in the 1920es as a movement separating from socialism.

The only fascist regimes were Nazi Germany,Franco’s Spain and many South American dictatorships financed by the US like the one from Pinochet or Peron.

Before use terms better have a lesson of history.

Militarism? Check

Ultranationalism? Check

Dictatorship? Check

Illegal War For Territory? Check

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Peter14Today  02:59 pm JST

"Why don't you stay better in Japan and help your country and your people first??.."

A very isolationist, self centered and heartless view. Helping those in need has always been a noble act, and will always be such.

Except that this looks more like a PR exercise than anything that will really help the people of Ukraine. Japanese politicians, specifically LDP politicians, aren't great at helping anyone very much except themselves.

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TaiwanIsNotChinaToday  03:50 pm JST

In every post you talk about “fascist” Russia.

Yes Russia is not a full democracy but it isn’y fascist either.

Maybe learn to use terms would be good,fascism was born in Italy from Mussolini in the 1920es as a movement separating from socialism.

The only fascist regimes were Nazi Germany,Franco’s Spain and many South American dictatorships financed by the US like the one from Pinochet or Peron.

Before use terms better have a lesson of history.

Militarism? Check

Ultranationalism? Check

Dictatorship? Check

Illegal War For Territory? Check

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

You either don’t comprehend English or you are just mean,did I state that Russia is a democracy?

Prove me where then,I clearly stated that the Russian regime is NOT fascist.

I clearly tell you that Russia is a dictatorship as it was the one from Saddam,Chan Kai Shek,Kim,Chauchescu and many others.

But is not fascist,which is not an excuse to justify their actions as it was a dictatorship.

There are many kind of dictatorship and the one that has Russia is not fascist for sure.

For fascism refer to the one created by Benito Mussolini.

Do your homework before you post next time.

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Samit BasuToday  09:23 am JST

Kishida shouldn't visit Ukraine without bearing the gift of weapons as any good guest would do.

But there are no Japanese weapons that Ukraine would want, what Japan can give are American weapons it has.

Ingenious to expect Japan to offer weapons when they have constitutional/domestic issues that prevents it.

Japan produces quite alot of military hardware. The Ukrainians would love to get some Japanese Type90 tanks if they could. Really need to get that chip off your shoulder.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Please don't tell him he needs to fly to Poland, and then take the train, like Salaryman Taro and Office Lady Fumiko does every day. There won't be any Crown Centuries for his disposal.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

In my opinion, Prime Minister Kishida is acting conventional again, it is virtuous to help and support your friends, but Ukraine affairs is not much of Japanese concerns as Ukrainians are acting very conventional and fighting with out purpose, in 2023.

I suggest Prime Minister Kishida to stay out of Ukraine.

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We haven't seen a regional power attempt to eliminate a neighbor just for territory in some time

Can anybody explain what the mister had in mind?

What is it "regional power" ? Russia is a regional power? "Eliminate a neighbor" for territory? When "the regional power" stated about it? Have u ever looked at the world map? Quelle territory!!!!!???? Russia want to have the neighbour friendly but not an enemy. The neighbour from 2014 declared its own way towards Europe (it is not bad) and the same time - Russia was named the enemy! It was the fatal mistake of the American managers.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Russia is a regional power?

Yes.

"Eliminate a neighbor" for territory?

Yes.

Russia want to have the neighbour friendly but not an enemy.

Invading Crimea was a strange way to be a friendly neighbour.

It was the fatal mistake of the American managers.

Weak-minded people blame America for everything. Russia are the ones doing the invading, murdering, raping, looting and stealing territory.

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To Clippety to his yes yes. It's impossible to speak to a person with genetically impaired vision. For u there are no questions, save your poison

Invading Crimea was a strange way to be a friendly neighbour.

Crimea was NOT BEFORE the maidan, but after! After declaring Russia the enemy by new-maidan-born Ukraine. U may not reagir for this, I know your rotty reaction.

On Crimea I would tell u a brilliant thing, but JT will delete it:)))

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

In Russian army it's crime!

Do you believe that Russian soldiers don't commit crimes?

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Try and write it without the insults.

Crimea is a divine place on the Black Sea. But Ukraine never needed it, because many Russians and Tatars live there (Ukraine fell in love with Tatars only after 2014). But the Americans slept and saw how to build their military bases there. They have already prepared maps with the location of their future bases.

5 bases to start! The Americans were going to host there, arrange a resort for their military! And here is such a bummer!!!! The Americans did not expect!!! So, they will never forgive this "regional power" for this. This is the main motive for the interest of the Americans :))) Patty selfish interest. But Crimea will now be Russian forever. Even if the world never recognize it. The operation to return the Crimea to Russia will be included in all world textbooks on military tactics.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

No doubt pressure is being applied to Japan by the US to contribute more to the fiasco that is the Ukraine war.

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