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Kishida conveys concern to Li about China military activities

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he conveyed Japan's "serious concern" to Chinese Premier Li Qiang in their talks on Sunday about China's recently increasing military activities, days after it conducted two days of drills around Taiwan. Kishida also asked Li for an immediate lifting of Beijing's blanket ban on… Read

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Opposition-backed candidate elected Shizuoka governor

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The opposition-backed former mayor of Hamamatsu won Sunday's Shizuoka gubernatorial election, dealing a blow Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ruling party. Yasutomo Suzuki beat Shinichi Omura, who was endorsed by Kishida's Liberal Democratic Party, and other candidates. Another focal point of the close contest has been a new governor's policy on… Read

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Kishida arrives in Seoul for summit with S Korea, China leaders

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in Seoul on Sunday for a trilateral summit with South Korea and China, as the regional security environment has become more uncertain amid the North Korean nuclear and missile threats. At the countries' first three-way summit in more than four years, Kishida, South Korean… Read

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Japan to join large-scale U.S. Pacific military exercise in June

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Japan's Self-Defense Forces will join a large-scale U.S. military exercise in the Pacific for the first time in June, Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara said, amid mounting security challenges posed by China and North Korea. Kihara told a press conference that the SDF will participate in "various tactical trainings" mainly… Read

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Tokyo Gov Koike plans to run for third term: source

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike plans to run in the July gubernatorial election in the hope of securing a third four-year term, a source familiar with the matter said Saturday, amid speculation she may return to national politics. With the ruling Liberal Democratic Party unlikely to field a candidate in the… Read

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Ukraine hopes to sign security pact with Japan before July NATO summit

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Ukraine hopes to sign a security cooperation agreement with Japan sometime before a NATO summit meeting in July, a senior diplomat of the eastern European country said recently. Aiming to bolster ties with countries in the Indo-Pacific region more than two years after the start of Russia's invasion, Ukraine and… Read

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Low expectations for rare summit between China, Japan and South Korea

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When South Korea hosts the first trilateral summit with China and Japan in four years beginning on Sunday, the three neighbors may struggle to go beyond surface-level diplomacy after years of deteriorating ties, diplomats and officials said. Still, even handshakes would help maintain at least some high-level diplomacy after a… Read

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Japan, U.S. eye 2-plus-2 security talks in Tokyo as early as July

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Japan and the United States are considering holding talks involving their foreign and defense chiefs in Tokyo as early as July, a source familiar with the matter said Friday. Tokyo and Washington originally planned to hold the so-called two-plus-two security meeting at the end of May, but it was rescheduled… Read

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S Korea, Japan unveil sanctions over alleged Russia-N Korea arms trade

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South Korea and Japan announced on Friday a series of sanctions applied to individuals, organisations and ships related to Russia's alleged procurement of weapons from North Korea in breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Seoul's foreign ministry said sanctions had been slapped on seven North Korean individuals and two Russian… Read

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Yellen urges 'more ambitious' G7 plans for Russian assets

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday urged G7 ministers meeting in Italy to consider "more ambitious options" to use frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine. The ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven world powers are meeting in Stresa, on the shores of northern Italy's Lake Maggiore,… Read

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