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Montevideo, November 29th 2022 - 11:42 UTC

Tag: Japan

  • Thursday, October 6th 2022 - 10:13 UTC

    Tension escalates as North Korea fires two more short-range missiles

    Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a telephone conversation with President Biden for a coordinated response

    Just two days after launching an intermediate-range missile that triggered alarms in Japan, North Korea fired two more short-range ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean Thursday.

  • Tuesday, October 4th 2022 - 19:52 UTC

    North Korean missile flies over Japan scaring millions

    Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called Tuesday's event “a barbaric act”

    A North Korean ballistic missile was reportedly fired early Tuesday over northern Japan, which triggered all alarms before falling into the Pacific Ocean. It was the first such firing since 2017.

  • Tuesday, August 2nd 2022 - 08:56 UTC

    Japanese whaling industry on the brink of collapse: less demand, less subsidies for whale meat

    Japanese whalers drew international criticism for exploiting a loophole in the IWC's regulations that permitted “scientific whaling”

    The whaling industry in Japan is on the brink of collapse as young generations tastes have rapidly changed and government subsidies are beginning to shrink. The industry employed thousands of people in the decades immediately after World War II, and sustained entire communities during those difficult economic times, is today losing the government subsidies that has kept it afloat.

  • Friday, July 8th 2022 - 09:55 UTC

    Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe shot dead

    Abe, 67, was the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's history

    Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died after taking two shots during an election rally in the western city of Nara Friday after which he was hospitalized in a serious condition, it was reported. A man in his 40s has been arrested and a gun was seized.

  • Thursday, May 26th 2022 - 02:14 UTC

    Quad leaders agree to further develop Pacific Ocean island nations

    Quad has been dubbed “the Asian NATO” and analysts foresee it might develop into a formal alliance to curb expansion from Russia and China

    Leaders of the Quad countries (United States, Japan, Australia, and India) Tuesday issued a joint statement from Tokyo in which they pledged to up their efforts towards securing peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Wednesday, May 25th 2022 - 09:05 UTC

    US, Japan and ten more nations establish the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

    The agreement which also includes Australia, NZ, South Korea and India represent 40% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    United States President Joe Biden established a new trade agreement with 12 Indo-Pacific countries to strengthen economic relations in the region. The announcement was made Monday at a press conference following a meeting between Biden and the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida.

  • Tuesday, May 24th 2022 - 09:00 UTC

    Biden on Asian tour amid growing military threats from China, N.Korea

    Biden vowed to lead the international community to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific based on the rule of law

    US President Joseph Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met Monday at Tokyo's State House to discuss their two countries' joint deterrence and response capabilities in case of a military conflict involving China, which has sent dozens of warplanes into Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone in recent weeks.

  • Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 - 12:04 UTC

    Japan carries out three executions in one day

    Japan and the United States are the only two countries in the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations that use capital punishment

    Japanese judicial authorities Tuesday hanged three death row inmates in the first executions since Dec. 26, 2019 -when a Chinese citizen convicted in the 2003 killing of a family of four in Fukuoka was put to death-, and the first under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said he gave the order to resume capital punishment.

  • Monday, October 4th 2021 - 17:20 UTC

    Newly-appointed Japanese PM calls for elections Oct. 31

    “If the fruits of growth aren’t distributed properly, consumption and demand won’t grow,” Kishida said after taking office

    Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was sworn in Monday as the country's 100th Prime Minister to succeed Yoshihide Suga. In his first relevant measure and after making up a cabinet of political veterans, he called for elections scheduled for Oct. 31 where he will seek support for his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

  • Thursday, September 30th 2021 - 12:53 UTC

    Japan has a new leader, Fumio Kishida who pledges a “new Japanese capitalism”

    Kishida owes his election victory to LPD's old guard, such as exPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso, who wield vast amounts of power

    Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday voted for Fumio Kishida as their new leader who on October 4, parliament will appoint him as the country's prime minister. Kishida will become Japan's 100th prime minister since the country adopted a Cabinet system in 1885 and succeeds Yoshihide Suga, who did not run for reelection as party leader.