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MIDDLE EAST

Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 3, 2020
Trump's bogus Middle East peace plan
The U.S. president's peace plan is a shameless ploy to violate international law, Palestinian human rights and basic principles of fairness.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 31, 2020
The Trump administration's 'realism' isn't the answer
If his Middle East peace proposal is any indication of how U.S. President Donald Trump will deal with other international issues, Japan should be worried.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 31, 2020
The world's hypocrisy about Israel's occupation of the West Bank
Jewish settlements are not the primary obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 31, 2020
Jared Kushner says he hopes Israel waits on sovereignty steps in West Bank till after polls
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said Washington wants Israel to wait until after its March 2 election before making any moves toward settlement annexation in the West Bank, following the announcement of a U.S. peace plan.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 30, 2020
An opening for Japanese leadership in the Mideast
Abe's rapport with the main players gives him an opportunity to play peacemaker.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2020
Opposition parties lay into Abe over scandals and Mideast dispatch
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano used parliamentary debates to go after Prime Minister Abe on allegations of cronyism over an annual taxpayer-funded cherry blossom viewing party.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 22, 2020
The U.S.-Iran crisis and Tokyo's response
Stability in the Persian Gulf region is crucial for Japan's energy security.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 20, 2020
In policy speech, Abe vows to establish 'new era of Japanese diplomacy'
The prime minister Monday focused his speech on foreign policy, delivering a notable change in phrasing regarding South Korea.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 17, 2020
Opposition grills LDP on risks facing Japan's SDF mission to Mideast
Any overseas SDF mission is politically sensitive, but U.S.-Iran tensions are so high that debate on the constitutional hazards has ensued even before the Diet has opened.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 14, 2020
Abe and Abu Dhabi crown prince agree to secure a stable oil supply
Abe also briefed the crown prince on Japan's deployment of a destroyer and reconnaissance planes to the Middle East to safeguard commercial shipping, Japanese officials said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 12, 2020
Poll finds 58% of voters oppose dispatch of MSDF personnel to Middle East
A national opinion poll conducted over the weekend showed 58.4 percent of voters are opposed to the dispatch of a Maritime Self-Defense Force unit to the Middle East.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 11, 2020
Japan Defense Minister Kono to meet Esper and inspect Hawaii missile-defense system
Defense Minister Taro Kono said Friday he will visit Washington this coming week for a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Mark Esper, to discuss the situation in the Middle East and other regional affairs.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 10, 2020
Abe to visit Middle East as originally planned despite earlier media reports of cancellation
The prime minister's trip is still a go after U.S. President Donald Trump eased Japanese fears of full-scale war with Iran.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 10, 2020
NATO critic Trump now floats expanding group to include Middle East
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he supported expanding the North American Treaty Organization to include Middle Eastern nations, as the United States seeks to limit its troop footprint globally.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 9, 2020
Japan firms pull staff out of Iran and limit Iraq travel amid high tensions
As of Oct. 1, 2018, Japanese companies have 30 operational bases in Iran, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 9, 2020
Tokyo stocks bounce back as Iran-U.S. tensions subside
Tokyo stocks recovered Thursday with the benchmark Nikkei index jumping over 530 points, or 2.3 percent, as investor concern eased regarding a further escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 9, 2020
Japan defense chief observes map exercise ahead of MSDF Mideast dispatch
Defense Minister Taro Kono observed an exercise conducted by Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel Thursday ahead of their dispatch to the Middle East on an information-gathering mission later this month.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 9, 2020
Japan opposition bloc to push for halt to Mideast mission amid Iran-U.S. tensions
Major opposition parties have agreed to press the government to cancel its plan to dispatch Maritime Self-Defense Force units to the Middle East following the Iranian missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq on Wednesday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 8, 2020
Soleimani's killing threatens to set the Mideast on fire
Trump is acting tough in hope that a show of determination will deter Iran, but hope is not a strategy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 8, 2020
Putin now needs a Plan B on Iran
Soleimani's death may force a change in the calculus involving Syria, Iran and Turkey.

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