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Kishida to visit Southeast Asia, Europe to discuss Ukraine crisis

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For Southeast Asian countries, a visit by the Japanese prime minister would be a great joy.

Trust perceptions towards major powers for Southeast Asian countries:

Japan 67%, EU 51%, US 47%, China 16%

https://www.iseas.edu.sg/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/The-State-of-SEA-2021-v2.pdf

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Hasn’t Kishida heard of working from home or does the wife want a shopping trip?

4 ( +14 / -10 )

Save tax dollars and use the cash in Japan to aid the folks. Zoom around the world!

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Just an excuse to take a vacation at the expense of the Japanese tax payer.

Its a PR stunt !

1 ( +14 / -13 )

What does he really want to discuss. The value of the Yen.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

Fair enough - part of the job to talk to other leaders, however the main thing I’d like to see is for him to go to Kiev, talk to Zelenskiy and show support.

Oh and just don’t complain if they haven’t thanked you enough - not a good look.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

So far far away , everything looks so different in Asia. No Asian nations care about this as much as Japan.

Is it a must obligation as the 3rd biggest GDP country? Give us all break will you? It is how much each one of you could endure sacrificing your own life to help those in the crisis, not just the size of GDP

Keep laughing on.

Yeah. whatbaoutism is prohibited here, so I should not go on.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

No replacement for face to face meetings - tired of people saying 'zoom' and 'wfh'. He is the PM of the third largest economy in the World - and if you think flying from one country to another on a daily basis, it most certainly isn't.

What is objectionable here is the blatant waste of money this trip is. Going to SE Asia to discuss a war still 8000 kms away? Might as well ask a stray cat in the street what it thinks for the value returned. If it's discussing about the Russian cash sloshing around Thailand, forget that too.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

More hot air, what is needed is action not words.

Unfortunately my impression is that Japanese governments are long on the latter but struggle to actually achieve the former. I am assuming “quick reaction” & “rapid response” don’t exist in the Japanese language?

Honestly not sure what he thinks he can achieve by this high speed peregrinations, Zelinskyy has achieved more without leaving Kiev. There are occasions when in person meetings can achieve more but but a whistle stop tour at this point I have my reservations about

One thing Japan could do is, without actually crossing in to “russian” territorial waters, fly aircraft and send warships in international waters/airspace near the contested islands, just like russia and China do, so forcing them to maintain or reinforce their forces in the east, reducing what is available for the illegal invasion of Ukraine.

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Lots of Ukrainain leaders,are developing a psychological dependence on others countries,some use it to try to validate their personal political Ukrainian ambition,

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Ah Kishida is finally coming to us.

We Europeans are struggling with this crisis and are waiting for his arrival.

Jokes apart,this guys presence in Europe is almost insignificant for us.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

It is very important for Kishida to get to use the Japanese Air Force One before the elections because if he loses a lot of the upper house seats then there will be no way he will get another chance to jet set around as PM.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Same old story - the western alliances have bamboozled Japan into thinking it will be a major leader of Asia by playing on Japan's superiority complex.

Same old story "the Japanese are too weak to think for themselves and can only be controlled by the white man". Why do you have such a low estimation of Japanese people?

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

There're so many conflicts around the world but this particular conflict between Russia and Ukraine seems to keep Japan busy.What is at stake for JP?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Italy will be the highlight of his trip.

Iam very surprised he's not visiting france

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Fair enough - part of the job to talk to other leaders, however the main thing I’d like to see is for him to go to Kiev, talk to Zelenskiy and show support.

Oh and just don’t complain if they haven’t thanked you enough - not a good look.

European leaders must be lining up to thank Kishida for allowing 20 refugees to temporarily stay in Japan.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Useless waste of taxpayers' money. Japan's opinion about what's happening in Ukraine is worth about as much as ¥1. Japan has no business being there, except for Kishida's photo-ops at home. And frankly, the average Japanese citizen couldn't care less about what's happening over there. Anyone who believes otherwise is a fool.

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What is objectionable here is the blatant waste of money this trip is. Going to SE Asia to discuss a war still 8000 kms away?

It's probably more like the consequences of the war is having on Japan that Kishida wants to discuss. Something like : Please help keep the Yen value high and we will double our refugee intake to 40.

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Think you are probably right! @Alan H

No replacement for face to face meetings - tired of people saying 'zoom' and 'wfh'. He is the PM of the third largest economy in the World - and if you think flying from one country to another on a daily basis, it most certainly isn't.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Japan government is very worried about its national security and the regional stability and is anxious to drum up alliances in the international community.

Same old story - the western alliances have bamboozled Japan into thinking it will be a major leader of Asia by playing on Japan's superiority complex.

However for Japan to really be a team player it has to step down from the high horse a little more and let the antiquated standards and prejudices go and be more flexible.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

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