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Japan looks to raise 2030 emissions cut target to at least 40%: report

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Japan is looking to raise its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target to at least a 40% cut on fiscal 2013 levels from 26% now, Kyodo news agency said on Wednesday, citing sources close to the matter. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has set a goal of making Japan carbon neutral by… Read

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Suga planning visits to India, Philippines to counter China's growing clout

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is planning visits to India and the Philippines during the Golden Week holidays from late April, government sources said, as Japan looks to strengthen ties in Asia to counter China's growing clout. Japan seeks to reaffirm cooperation with the countries over its vision of a "free… Read

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Families of N Korea abductees meet Suga ahead of Biden summit

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Family members of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to try to seek a resolution to the long-standing issue ahead of his upcoming summit with U.S. President Joe Biden. "We pray every day that they are safe. We… Read

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China cautions Japan ahead of U.S.-Japan summit

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China's foreign minister cautioned Japan against teaming up with the U.S. to counter Beijing, as Japan speaks up more on human rights in China's Xinjiang region ahead of a U.S.-Japan summit next week. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart in a phone call Monday evening that their… Read

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Japan expresses concerns to China about territorial waters, Hong Kong, Uighur situation

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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday expressed strong concerns to his Chinese counterpart about Chinese incursions into territorial waters, the situation in Hong Kong and the human rights situation of China's Uighur minority. China's extensive territorial claims in the East and South China Seas have become a priority issue… Read

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Japan and Germany to hold first '2 plus 2' dialogue talks in April: report

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The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Germany are looking to hold a "2 plus 2" dialogue online in mid-April, the daily Yomiuri reported on Monday. The "2 plus 2" talks will be the first among the two countries, and they are expected to discuss ways to defense and… Read

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LDP executive says extra budget may be needed to combat COVID-19 pain

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Japan may need to compile a supplementary budget for the current fiscal year to combat the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic, a senior ruling party official was quoted as saying in a television program that ran on Sunday. "If there's any shortage of funds, we'd like to always respond… Read

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Suga aims to calm China-Taiwan tension on U.S. visit

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Sunday said Taiwan's peace and stability is key to the region and that Japan will cooperate with the United States to calm rising tensions between China and Taiwan. Suga is set to meet with President Joe Biden in Washington next week, the U.S. leader’s… Read

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U.S., Japan, South Korea agree to keep pressure on North Korea

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The United States, South Korea and Japan agreed in high-level security talks on Friday to work together to keep up pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. In a joint statement after a day of talks, new U.S. President Joe Biden's national security adviser,… Read

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Suga to hold talks with Biden in U.S. on April 16

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Washington for talks with President Joe Biden on April 16, the government said Friday. The trip had previously been announced, but not the exact date. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that Suga will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden… Read

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