POLITICS – 8

Nov 23
Russia has deployed cutting-edge ground-to-ship missiles on northwestern Pacific islands at the center of the longstanding territorial row with Japan, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. (Jiji)

Nov 22
An advance party of a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force unit has arrived in South Sudan for a peacekeeping mission after being given expanded duties. (NHK)

Nov 22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the two countries should make continued efforts to improve bilateral relations, bearing in mind that next year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China and other events. (the-japan-news.com)

Nov 22
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed no sign Sunday of softening his position on bilateral negotiations over concluding a peace treaty with Japan, while also broaching a proposed joint economic project on disputed islands already rejected by Tokyo. (Kyodo)

Nov 21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held talks ahead of their summit in December. Abe later told reporters he wants to make steady progress in peace treaty negotiations with Russia. (NHK)

Nov 20
Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has given a farewell address to a Self-Defense Force unit that will leave on Sunday for South Sudan for a UN peacekeeping mission. (NHK)

Nov 19
The government has decided to purchase Mageshima island in Nishinoomote, Kagoshima Prefecture, one of the sites being considered for the relocation of a U.S. field carrier landing practice (FCLP) facility, according to several government sources. (the-japan-news.com)

Nov 19
The partial return of land used for a U.S. military training site in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan, has been set for Dec. 22, Japanese government officials said Friday. (Jiji)

Nov 18
The Japanese Consulate General in Hawaii plans to hold a ceremony next month to remember the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. This will be the first official ceremony to pay tribute to the victims from both countries. (NHK)

Nov 18
Japan and China have confirmed their continued cooperation in fighting climate change. (NHK)