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Motegi visits Iraq; 1st by Japanese foreign minister in 15 years

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Of course Afghan will be skipped from list countries to visit.

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Bush, the US and its allies broke Iraq, let them pay the price for clean-ups there, Japan should use its own money to fix things here in Japan.

Japan's LDP fossil capitalists and Japan's largest corporations have kept the country dependent on burning oil and gas for decades and it looks like they intend to continue doing the same.

While they keep the country reliant on oil and gas exporting nations like Iraq, Iran, Qatar, the UAE, the US, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

While the fossil capitalists continue to brush aside the connection between burning huge amounts of fossil fuels and climate change.

while the fossil capitalists ignore the air and water pollution resulting from burning huge amounts of oil and gas.

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If you want to help Iraq, the Allied Powers need to extend the hand of kindness by removing the embargoes that have crippled Iraq for so long. It's simple... if you are genuine.

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Need that oil ...nothing is for free..

Fossils in J gov love burning fossils!

Hopeless humans

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15 years? Government representatives have visited Saudi Arabia, Dubai (Taliban leaders) now ex Afghan President, home. Are they aware of anything? Just seems like a clueless wander around. After 15 years seems a bit late. And the purposes, not really clear other than Hello I’m Japanese.

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Discussion level:

日本:アフガニスタンは大変ですね。

イラク:そうですね。

以上

pretty ridiculous that the foreign minister goes jet setting around the world when he could totally have this kind of chat online, meanwhile we are on the edge of a lockdown.

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Sounds like Japan is letting itself be used for the sake of its oil supplies.

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Motegi visits Iraq; 1st by Japanese foreign minister in 15 years

"Coalition of the willing", eh? "Lipservice of the willing" more like it.

"Hawks", eh? "Chickenmanure hawks" more like it.

Japan has built a friendly relationship with Tehran while also being allied with Washington.

Well, err, you need to expand on this a lot. Japan managed to remain on friendly terms with Iran while being a bosom friend of the US the key point in their "friendship" being that Japan wants to buy Iranian oil which Iran wants (of course) to sell.

https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/oil/052721-japan-could-resume-iran-oil-imports-3-months-after-sanctions-lifting-paj-chief

No harm about diplomacy and win-win situations whatsoever, let's just be frank and clear about the stakes, please. Still, to be fair, managing to be on friendly terms with both is an achievement in itself.

Also, when Abe was in Iran in 2019, the attempts at diplomacy somehow backfired. "Diplomacy" was not he only thing that "fired" back as this piece mentioned:

https://www.tokyoreview.net/2019/07/japan-shinzo-abe-iran-diplomacy-backfire/

While Shinzo Abe was on the ground in Tehran, a Japanese-owned vessel was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, while on the same day a Norwegian-owned vessel was struck and damaged outside the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. 

Again, Kyodo is brushing a lot under the rug here...

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More investment in energy that will kills us.

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Another "pledge." Typical. Please note the following from a previous article. "The country's fiscal health is already the worst among major economies, with over 1,200 trillion yen worth of government debt, or well over 200 percent of GDP, as of March."

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Could be good.

As long as it isn't connected to the US, but I'm not hoping much.

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15 years to get to Iraq is just par for the jittery Japanese who, as in their famous proverb, have been tapping their way across the long, "stone bridge" to Iraq at a snail's pace.

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Read the flag to understand their mind.

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Well Done Japan, Iraq is a vital OIL source and a very great market with over half the population under 30 years old, smart move, give this new democracy a chance.

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Nice of Japan to make this loan from which it will benefit from Iraq’s oil.

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Motegi,an LDP and Nippon Kaigi affiliate.

I do remember well how this racist man treated a French female journalist mocking her with absolutely disrespect last year.

This is the type of politician that Japan send to the world.

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Of course Afghan will be skipped from list countries to visit

I think thats a no-brainer at this time, but hopefully the Japanese government recognizes the Taliban BEFORE it gets the "OK" from the US government and acts not as a puppet.

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After 15 years seems a bit late.

True, but the war was still raging until Obama took office, then you had Arab Spring, ISIS, Trump, Covid--19. Even now isn't the best of times, but better late than never. Heck, it took the US 20 years to get out of Afghanistan.

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Weapons grade plutonium here we come

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When I was in Basra, we would be attacked at the airport from along the boarder with Iran….you sure this is a good idea ?

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Like Suga before him Motegi is not bound by Covid restrictions except when he can remember to put on a mask for the camera.

And why should Iraq need loans when it has vast oil reserves?

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Obviously, J-land does not know the ins and out of orthodox moslem islamic belief systems, esp. about the Buddhist.

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I don't get it. Motegi seems to be of similar height to Hussein in that photo, and yet he still looks like a midget.

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What I particularly dislike about Japanese ministers visiting other countries is that they almost always look like Santa Claus with spoiled kids: "here is a billion of financial aid to you, here is a never-bother-to-return-it loan for you". Waste of taxpayers' money.

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Well, it better to make allies than to make enemies i guess. While these countries are unstable and can be unpredictable, giving aid is always better than what the US policies are. Which is to meddle into other countries affairs and therefore get hatred which makes things dangerous.

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Japan can set a shining example for these countries and show them how advanced a country that renounces war can be.

Yes, it is time for Japan to take its rightful place as the leading country for world peace, friendship, mutual respect and global prosperity .

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PTownsend

Japan's LDP fossil capitalists and Japan's largest corporations have kept the country dependent on burning oil and gas for decades and it looks like they intend to continue doing the same.

While they keep the country reliant on oil and gas exporting nations like Iraq, Iran, Qatar, the UAE, the US, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

While the fossil capitalists continue to brush aside the connection between burning huge amounts of fossil fuels and climate change.

What alternative energies are efficient enough to fuel Japan's largest metropolitan areas? Not logistically possible to fuel large metropolitan areas like Tokyo, Osaka, etc on solar, wind, and hydro. There just is not the space and land to put solar panels, windmills, and large scale hydroelectric dams.

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