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20.05.2018 - 09:37 [ Tass.com ]

Japan’s premier expects progress at talks with Putin on signing peace treaty

Following their meeting, Putin and Abe adopted a joint declaration where they noted that the start of consultations on the joint economic activity of Russia and Japan on the south Kuril Islands could become an important step towards concluding the peace treaty.

As the Kremlin press office reported on Friday, Abe will visit Russia on May 25-26 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

17.05.2018 - 12:56 [ Japan Today ]

3 more victims sue Japanese government over forced sterilization

Japan’s health ministry acknowledges that around 16,500 people were forcibly sterilized under a eugenics law in place between 1948 and 1996.

The law allowed doctors to sterilize people with heritable intellectual disabilities, to „prevent the generation of poor quality descendants“.

Another 8,500 people were sterilized with their consent, according to authorities, though lawyers say even those cases were likely „de facto forced“ because of the pressure individuals faced.

16.05.2018 - 09:48 [ KBS ]

Unternehmer aus Südkorea, USA und Japan diskutieren über Kooperation wegen Nordkorea-Investitionen

Der südkoreanische Unternehmerverband FKI veranstaltete am Dienstag in Washington gemeinsam mit der US-Handelskammer und dem japanischen Unternehmerverband Keidanren ein trilaterales Strategietreffen und ein bilaterales Treffen mit der US-Seite. Das Treffen soll bis Mittwoch andauern.

13.05.2018 - 14:01 [ KBS ]

Abe erwartet Gipfeltreffen mit Kim Jong-un

In einem Programm des japanischen Fernsehsenders Fuji TV sagte Abe am Freitag, Nordkoreas Machthaber Kim Jong-un werde hoffentlich verstehen, dass nicht nur Gipfeltreffen mit den USA oder Südkorea, sondern auch ein japanisch-nordkoreanisches Gipfeltreffen wichtig sei.

11.05.2018 - 20:42 [ Radio China ]

Li Keqiang trifft japanischen Kaiser

Der chinesische Ministerpräsident Li Keqiang hat sich am Donnerstag in Tokio mit dem japanischen Kaiser Akihito getroffen.

Li Keqiang überbrachte dabei zunächst Grüße des chinesischen Staatspräsidenten Xi Jinping an Akihito. Im laufenden Jahr werde das 40-jährige Jubiläum des chinesisch-japanischen Friedens- und Freundschaftsvertrags gefeiert, erklärte Li. China hoffe, dass die chinesisch-japanischen Beziehungen durch den Besuch und im Sinne des Vertrags wieder auf eine normale Bahn gebracht werden könnten.

09.05.2018 - 23:32 [ KBS ]

Südkorea, China und Japan nehmen Sondererklärung für Unterstützung der Panmunjom-Erklärung an

Südkoreas Präsident Moon Jae-in, Chinas Ministerpräsident Li Keqiang und Japans Premierminister Shinzo Abe verabschiedeten bei ihrem Gipfeltreffen am Mittwoch in Tokio eine Sondererklärung zur Unterstützung der beim jüngsten innerkoreanischen Gipfel vereinbarten Panmunjom-Erklärung.

Darin begrüßten sie, dass in der Panmunjom-Erklärung das Ziel der vollständigen Denuklearisierung bestätigt wurde. Sie hoffen darin auf einen Erfolg des geplanten Spitzentreffens zwischen Nordkorea und den USA.

09.05.2018 - 07:26 [ Washington Post ]

The Latest: Australia and Japan still support Iran deal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday that he regrets President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark pact. Turnbull is urging all parties involved in the pact to show restraint.

In Japan, the Foreign Ministry says Japan continues to support the deal and that it “hopes for a continued constructive response from the nations involved.”

08.05.2018 - 11:42 [ Arirang News ]

[LIVE/ARIRANG NEWS] President Moon speaks about North Korea ahead of Tokyo trip – 2018.05.08

North Korea, U.S. still working out details for their scheduled summit ▪ High-ranking North Korean official may have been in contact with officials in China: Sources ▪ Issues over forming joint Korea teams in the upcoming Asian Games ▪ Rival parties to meet in attempt to reach last-minute deal to normalize parliament

08.05.2018 - 11:15 [ Yomiuri Shimbun ]

INSIGHTS into the WORLD / What the ‘Indo-Pacific’ means for Japan

The Australian government adopted the “Indo-Pacific” term in 2012 as a pivotal idea in its diplomacy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used the same term for the first time in August 2016 during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in Nairobi, when he unveiled a “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.”

08.05.2018 - 10:55 [ Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) ]

Moon vows utmost efforts for denuclearization

Q: What role do you want Japan to play to solve North Korea’s nuclear issues and achieve peace and security on the Korean Peninsula?

A: Japan will be able to fulfill a very important role in the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula. I think this is true for such various fields as close cooperation among South Korea, Japan and the United States for the achievement of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and North Korea for the security of the North Korean regime. In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed. If Japan-North Korea relations are normalized, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean Peninsula.

07.05.2018 - 08:48 [ SRF.ch ]

Verliebt in ein Hologramm

Sie kichert, immerzu. Kondos Augen glänzen vor Freude, während mir bei dieser Darstellung von «Weiblichkeit» der Schauer über den Rücken läuft.
Die Gatebox war das erste, was sich der 34-Jährige gekauft hat, als er vor Monaten bei seinen Eltern ausgezogen ist.

07.05.2018 - 08:23 [ Global Times ]

Despite Kim’s warm words, Japan still outsider on Korean Peninsula issue

According to Jiji Press, in a telephone conversation on April 29, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed readiness to have dialogue with Japan at „any time“ during the inter-Korean summit. It’s unclear when a Japan-North Korea summit will be held, but surely it will be after the US-North Korea summit. Junichiro Koizumi is the only Japanese prime minister who visited Pyongyang since the Korean War ended in 1953. Abe may want to be the second Japanese prime minister who visits North Korea in history instead of inviting Kim to Tokyo.

05.05.2018 - 07:58 [ Japan Today ]

China says summit with Japan, S Korea to focus on cooperation, not N Korea

No areas will be off limits in talks next week when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Japan, but North Korea is not going to be a focus, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday.

China and Japan, Asia’s two largest economies, have been trying to reset ties after years of increasingly bitter disputes over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea and the legacy of Japan’s invasion of China before and during World War Two.

29.04.2018 - 13:35 [ Radio China ]

Koreanische Halbinsel: USA, Südkorea und Japan führen Telefongespräch

Einer Erklärung des Weißen Hauses zufolge stand im Mittelpunkt des Telefongesprächs zwischen den Präsidenten der USA und Südkoreas das Treffen zwischen Moon Jae-in und dem nordkoreanischen Staatschef Kim Jong-un. Dabei habe Trump betont, dass der Frieden und die Prosperität Nordkoreas von einem gründlichen, überprüfbaren und unumkehrbaren Verzicht auf sein Nuklearprogramm abhängen, hieß es in der Erklärung.

23.04.2018 - 19:11 [ Japan Today ]

Protest rally marks one year since start of seawall work for U.S. base

In Monday’s sit-in protest outside the gates of Camp Schwab in Henoko, over 300 people including lawmakers took part. The protest will last for six straight days through Saturday.

Forced out by riot police officers, protestors rallied, saying they would never allow the building of new bases in Henoko, either at sea or on land.

Among them, a 50-year-old local resident vowed to „never give up.“

22.04.2018 - 15:50 [ Regierung Kanada ]

Canada and Japan sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement to strengthen military cooperation

This agreement will strengthen cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and will allow both countries to make efficient use of each other’s military equipment during operations and exercises in Canada, Japan and other locations.

22.04.2018 - 11:42 [ Radio Utopie ]

May, Macron und Merkel: Kriegskoalition gegen das World Wide Web

(14.6.2017) Eine aus unserer Sicht offensichtliche Taktik von Monopolen, Kriegslobby und ihren Regierungen ist es seit Jahren, alle relevanten Diskussions- und / oder meinungsbildenden Plattformen mit bezahlten Trollen bzw gesteuerten Kräften unter enormem Aufwand mit abscheulichen Inhalten zu fluten, um dann mit diesen als Alibi angerannt zu kommen und zu verlangen diese Plattformen nun kontrollieren zu müssen. Also eine sich selbst erzeugende Begründung.

Die Internet-Monopole wie Google, Twitter, Facebook – die nicht eins zu eins gleichzusetzen sind mit den bisherigen Monopolen und Realitätshändlern aus der etablierten Presse – sind die ersten Zielobjekte dieser Pläne.

19.04.2018 - 12:40 [ New York Times ]

Japan Fears Being Sidelined by Trump on Trade and North Korea

(18.4.2018) after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first day visiting President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., the Japanese public is wondering whether their leader, embattled at home by influence-peddling scandals, might return to Japan with the diplomatic equivalent of an “All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt.”

19.04.2018 - 12:37 [ Japan Times ]

Pyongyang has discussed possibility of holding Abe-Kim Jong Un summit in June: report

(29.3.2018) Pyongyang has discussed the possibility of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Thursday.

The news follows reports last week that Tokyo had expressed its interest to the North to hold talks.

19.04.2018 - 12:35 [ Japan Times ]

Abe says he’s in contact with North about meeting Kim, suggests in Diet he’d be open to trilateral summit with U.S.

(26.3.2018) Japan is also increasingly being viewed as the odd man out as South Korean President Moon Jae-in has referred to the possibility of a trilateral summit involving Washington and Pyongyang.

Still, members of Abe’s ruling party on Monday were quick to dismiss this narrative, with Foreign Minister Taro Kono, for one, stressing that Tokyo is closely in touch with Washington and Seoul.

“The argument that Japan is being kept out of the loop completely misses the point,” he said.

18.04.2018 - 08:16 [ Shingetsu News Agency ]

Towards the New Centrist Formation

The break-up of the Party of Hope is proceeding in slow motion. A few key dissenters on different sides have been gumming up the works. Nevertheless, it’s only a matter of time before most of the current lawmakers of the Party of Hope and the Democratic Party come together into a new centrist formation that will likely become the largest opposition block—at least temporarily.

18.04.2018 - 08:15 [ Washington Post ]

Japanese Prime Minister Abe, embroiled in scandals, faces calls to stand down

Both are embroiled in controversies surrounding dodgy financial deals, but while Trump’s poll numbers are holding up, Abe’s have plummeted to record lows.

The Japanese leader is flailing so badly that former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi has suggested that he should stand down at the end of June to avoid tainting the entire Liberal Democratic Party.

18.04.2018 - 08:07 [ Japan Today ]

Trump, Abe discuss N Korea, trade issues

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at „extremely high levels“ with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump made the comment as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of talks at the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, meetings that are to include a round of golf.

15.04.2018 - 18:44 [ Japan Today ]

Scandal-hit Abe unlikely to get 3rd term as LDP leader: ex-PM Koizumi

Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Saturday Shinzo Abe is unlikely to win a third term in September’s Liberal Democratic Party presidential election, citing the public’s growing distrust in the premier after a string of recent scandals.

„Winning a third term will be tough as he is losing public trust,“ Koizumi told reporters in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture. Securing the LDP presidency is seen a prerequisite for Abe to stay on as prime minister.

13.04.2018 - 16:06 [ Straits Times ]

Japan, China to resume high-level economic dialogue after eight years as relations improve

China’s top envoy Wang Yi will arrive in Japan on Sunday (April 15) for the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister to Tokyo in nearly 8½ years, amid rapidly improving ties.

Mr Wang, who was promoted to State Councillor last month, will be chairing the Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue along with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono during his three-day visit ending next Tuesday. The dialogue, which was established in 2006, will be held for the first time since 2010.

13.04.2018 - 16:04 [ Japan Times ]

Japan calls for ’emergency measure’ blocking access to websites that pirate manga and anime

The government will also seek to develop a legal basis in 2019 to restrict access to piracy websites.

Critics have expressed concern that blocking certain websites violates Article 21 of the Constitution, which states: “No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated.”

13.04.2018 - 15:55 [ Japan Times ]

Abe under threat as Kake Gakuen scandal roars back to life

A scandal centered on allegations that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe improperly wielded his influence to help a close friend cut through government red tape has roared back to life after seeming to have died down last year.

And this time, Abe appears to be in a far more difficult position. Multiple public documents — produced by different parties — have emerged. Together they boost the credibility of allegations of favoritism benefiting school operator Kake Gakuen.

13.04.2018 - 15:53 [ Reuters ]

Scandal clouds darken for Japan’s Abe ahead of Trump summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ratings have been hit by several scandals over suspected favouritism and cover-ups, raising questions about how long he can stay in power and his goal of revising Japan’s post-war, pacifist constitution.

His domestic troubles are mounting ahead of the meeting with Trump next week and an expected onslaught over Japan’s trade policies.

13.04.2018 - 15:44 [ Japan Today ]

Japan to bolster patrols near disputed isles

The move comes after Japan spotted a Chinese nuclear-powered submarine in disputed waters early this year.

The uninhabited islets are at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing, which is also involved in a widening dispute with several Southeast Asian countries over islands in the South China Sea.

11.04.2018 - 17:42 [ KBS ]

Japans Außenminister besucht Südkorea

Anschließend wird Kono Präsident Moon Jae-in am Präsidentensitz einen Besuch abstatten. Wie verlautete, sei auch ein Treffen mit dem Geheimdienstchef Suh Hoon vorgesehen, um über die Vorbereitung des Korea-Gipfels informiert zu werden.

07.04.2018 - 09:18 [ Techdirt ]

Japanese Government Seeks To Circumvent Its Own Constitution To Censor ‚Pirate‘ Sites

The writers of the Japanese constitution clearly were concerned about government censorship and specifically prohibited it.

This has not stopped the government from trying to dip its toes in these waters, chiefly by pretending that copyright infringement is something that it isn’t.

27.03.2018 - 01:34 [ channelnewsasia.com ]

Top North Korean official in China: Reports

The Kyodo news agency, citing unidentified sources close to the matter, said the visit – if confirmed that it was a North Korean official – would likely be to improve ties between North Korea and China.

Kim has not conducted an official trip abroad since taking power in 2011 and relations between China and North Korea are frosty as Beijing has backed UN sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests.