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Japan gets unofficial invite to join AUKUS – media

Japan has been getting unofficial offers to become part of the AUKUS military bloc, which was formed last year by Australia, the UK and the US, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Tuesday. Several unnamed Japanese government officials told the paper that Tokyo has been informally approached on such a …

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Japan discloses revised military plans

Japanese Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi declared on Monday that his ministry might request a larger budget for the next fiscal year to bolster Tokyo’s ability to stand up to a possible military threat coming from any regional power. The Asian nation’s new desire to level up its military might comes …

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Japan says it won’t scrap Russia projects

Japan has no intention of withdrawing from its oil and natural gas projects in Russia’s Far East, Economy Minister Hagiuda Koichi told reporters on Friday. “Japan has stakes in both [oil and gas] projects and has secured long-term supplies. The projects provide our country with energy at below-market prices, and …

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Japan accuses Russia of ‘unreasonable’ reaction to sanctions

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has criticized Russia’s decision to suspend talks about the WWII-era peace deal in response to sanctions over Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. “Russia’s actions are extremely unreasonable and totally unacceptable,” Kishida told his country’s parliament on Tuesday. The prime minister said that Japan’s sanctions were …

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Russia scraps peace-treaty talks with Japan

Russia has ended an arrangement dating back to 1991 that allowed Japanese citizens to visit the Kuril Islands without a visa, and has broken off talks with Japan on formally ending the Second World War, citing Tokyo’s “openly unfriendly” conduct in sanctioning Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine. Due to …

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Japan pushes India to denounce Russia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in New Delhi on Saturday, where the two leaders discussed bilateral affairs and international security, as India continues to resist pressure to openly condemn Russia for its military actions in Ukraine. “We exchanged views at length in a small group today in …

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Earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, disrupting power service to millions of homes in the Tokyo area and raising fears of a potential tsunami in the same region where a 2011 wave led to nuclear reactor meltdowns. The quake hit at 11:36 p.m. local time …

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Japan jumps on Western bandwagon in restricting Russian trade

The Japanese government will expand Ukraine-related export and financial sanctions against Russia and Russian businessmen, in line with similar measures taken by Washington and Brussels last Friday. “We intend to ban the export of luxury goods to Russia and ban the import of certain Russian goods,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida …

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Japan responds to nuke-sharing idea

Japan will not be seeking a nuclear weapons-sharing deal with the United States, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, after a former Japanese leader claimed the idea should not be considered “taboo.” Speaking to parliament on Monday, Kishida rejected a nuclear-sharing arrangement as “unacceptable,” citing Japan’s “stance of maintaining the three …

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Japan sanctions Putin

Japan has slapped Russia with additional sanctions for its offensive in Ukraine, targeting three state banks and six individuals, including President Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. “We’ve agreed on the need to take powerful sanctions against Russia,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida declared on Tuesday. Japan’s asset …

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