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MIDDLE EAST

Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 6, 2020
Abe calls for easing Mideast tension but indicates no change to Japan's SDF dispatch
In his first news conference of the year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will continue with its diplomatic efforts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 28, 2019
Japan's naval dispatch to Middle East a 'product of compromise' between Iran and U.S., experts say
Experts term the decision to send Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel to the Middle East for independent information-gathering a u2018product of compromise.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 27, 2019
Abe plans to visit Middle East next month ahead of SDF's deployment
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he plans to visit the Middle East early next month as Japan has decided to send a Self-Defense Forces unit to the volatile region to help secure the safe navigation of commercial ships.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 27, 2019
Japan’s Cabinet adopts plan to send SDF to Mideast amid Iran tensions
The “investigation and research” mission will send the destroyer Takanami into an area where tensions over Iran's nuclear program are high and an attack could drag Japan into war.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Dec 22, 2019
SDF tests public support with next mission in Middle East
The Cabinet is expected to approve a Self-Defense Forces mission to the Middle East that will comprise a destroyer, patrol planes and 250 personnel as part of an intelligence-gathering operation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 20, 2019
Iran's Hassan Rouhani urges Abe to strengthen bilateral economic ties during Tokyo visit
On the 90th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the first Iranian president to visit since 2000 urges more concrete steps to promote the bilateral relationship.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 18, 2019
Hopes low for Japan-Iran summit, with Tokyo hemmed in by competing interests
It's unlikely Japan will be able to bypass U.S.-imposed sanctions and resume importing crude oil from Iran in accordance with Tehran's apparent wishes, experts say.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 17, 2019
Komeito OKs draft plan to dispatch Self-Defense Forces to Middle East
Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party's junior coalition partner, approved Tuesday a draft plan to dispatch Self-Defense Forces personnel to the Middle East, setting the stage for Cabinet approval next week.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2019
Japan's dispatch of SDF unit to Middle East set for Cabinet approval on Dec. 23
The plan has the SDF deploying an Izumo-class helicopter carrier and 250 personnel to boost intelligence-gathering to ensure the safety of Japan-related ships in the region.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 12, 2019
Japan-Iran summit being finalized for Dec. 20 as Abe looks to play mediator
Japan and Iran are making final arrangements for their leaders to hold talks on Dec. 20, a source close to bilateral relations said Wednesday.
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COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 10, 2019
Japan's Iran dilemma
Regional tensions require Tokyo to make a delicate compromise.
JAPAN
Dec 5, 2019
Abe considering visit to Saudi Arabia and UAE in January to explain planned SDF dispatch
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may go to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in mid-January as part of a planned trip to the Middle East that is intended to explain Tokyo's plans to send Self-Defense Forces personnel to the region, government sources said Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 2, 2019
Japan's next SDF mission to Mideast may include its biggest warships
The next Self-Defense Forces dispatch to the Middle East could get Cabinet approval by the end of the year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / The Argument: SDF Dispatch
Nov 28, 2019
Should Japan send the MSDF to the Middle East?
Last month the government decided to send more Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels to the Middle East to protect its shipping interests in the volatile region on its own, instead of joining the U.S.-led coalition for this task.
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JAPAN / Politics / The Argument: SDF Dispatch
Nov 28, 2019
Sending more SDF assets to Mideast will protect Japan's interests and raise its diplomatic profile
The government's plan to send the Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East is crucial for securing our economic interests, promoting regional peace and stability, and pursuing balanced diplomacy in the region.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / The Argument: SDF Dispatch
Nov 28, 2019
Next SDF deployment will only serve U.S. interests, not Japan's
From my long experience serving in the government, there is no way we can send more Self-Defense Forces vessels and planes to the waterways in the Middle East because they can do almost nothing, and it would be a mistake to dispatch the SDF under the dubious legal basis of 'research and investigation.'
EDITORIALS
Nov 22, 2019
Still more unrest roils Iran
The growing tensions in Iran demand that all opportunities for diplomacy be explored.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 21, 2019
Israel launches retaliatory airstrikes in Syria; Damascus says two killed
Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel a day earlier.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 4, 2019
The killing of al-Baghdadi: Illegal, disgusting and degenerate
The assassination of the Islamic State leader by U.S. special forces operating under orders from President Donald Trump reminds us that America is a nation in moral decline.
EDITORIALS
Oct 29, 2019
The Islamic State loses its caliph
Japan should try to help create the stability and order in the region that will prevent the next al-Baghdadi from emerging.

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