1. APEC Meeting, Japan, the United States and Five Other Countries Left the Meeting While Russia Speaks
According to NHK, the APEC trade ministers’ meeting, which was attended by 21 countries and regions including Japan, the United States and Russia, was held in the Thai capital Bangkok for two days from May 21. According to the participants, when Russian Economic Development Minister Viktor Reshetnikov spoke on the first day of the meeting, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiyota, U.S. Trade Representative Kathleen Tye and representatives of five countries in total, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, left the meeting. In this meeting, the trade ministers are expected to discuss the impact of the aggression on Ukraine, as well as trade and investment in the APEC region.
2. In Focus: President Biden to Visit Japan Tomorrow
U.S. President Joe Biden will visit Japan from May 22 to 24 for a U.S.-Japan summit meeting with Prime Minister Kishida on May 23, NHK reported. They are expected to express serious concerns about Communist China’s expanding maritime expansion into the East China Sea and South China Sea. In addition, exchanges on Taiwan will be one of the focal points as the Biden administration becomes increasingly wary of CCP China’s future attempts to unify Taiwan on the basis of military force, while human rights issues in Xinjiang and Hong Kong are also expected to be discussed and serious concerns shared. They are also expected to discuss the worldwide oversupply of semiconductors and confirm enhanced cooperation to secure semiconductors needed for next-generation technologies, including artificial intelligence.
3. Prime Minister Kishida: Japan-US Summit to Confirm Strengthening Alliance
NHK reported on May 21 that Prime Minister Kishida told reporters in Kyoto, where he was visiting, that he hoped the Japan-U.S. summit would “exchange views face-to-face and frankly on important common global issues, including security, regional affairs including Ukraine, the economy, and climate change and nuclear disarmament. Kishida then expressed his desire to deepen the relationship of trust between the two leaders and confirmed their close collaboration in efforts to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance and achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
4. Kishida Expresses Regret over New Gas Field Exploration in East China Sea by the CCP
Kyodo News reported that the Foreign Ministry announced on May 20 that it had confirmed that the Communist China had installed a new structure in the waters on the Chinese side of the Sino-Japanese median line in the East China Sea, which is believed to be exploratory drilling for a gas field. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on May 21 that it is extremely regrettable that the Communist China is unilaterally proceeding with the development and that Japan cannot agree to do so. Takehiro Funakoshi, director of the Asia-Pacific Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, protested to Yang Yu, deputy head of the CCP’s embassy in Japan.
5. U.S. Reconnaissance Planes at Okinawa Air Base Take off Daily to Warn North Korea
NHK reported on May 21 that, according to Flight Radar 24, a private website that discloses information on the aircraft’s location and speed, as of 6 p.m., the Cobra is believed to have repeatedly flown over the Sea of Japan before returning to Kadena Air Base. The flight has lasted more than 10 hours. Reconnaissance aircraft have been taking off from Kadena Air Base every day recently, reportedly in anticipation of any North Korean ballistic missile launches.
6. G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Agreed to Increase Support for Ukraine
A meeting of G7 finance ministers and central bank governors in Germany concluded on Nov. 20 with a joint statement, NHK reported on May 21. At this meeting, the G7 agreed to strengthen support for Ukraine, which is facing Russian military aggression, and decided to expand the financial assistance provided to $19.8 billion, or about 2.5 trillion yen, to support civilian life during this year. Japan also doubled its co-financing with the World Bank to $600 million and announced its intention to implement it next month. The statement also stressed that isolating Russia from the global economy would increase the cost of the war and emphasized that the government would continue to impose tough economic sanctions.
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