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USA/South Korea/Japan – Washington should pursue a digital deal with Seoul and Tokyo (East Asia Forum)

Elliot Silverberg and Daniel Aum write: In June 2021, the United States and the European Union announced the creation of a joint trade and technology council, an initiative that aims to put democracies at the forefront of writing the rules governing digital trade. Despite their embrace of shared liberal values, the member nations will have to reconcile conflicting national interests. The council will also face resistance from China, which continues to extend the influence of its authoritarian model over the digital landscape. As nations jockey for position, the United States should expand its multilateral efforts in Asia — beginning with a three-way digital trade deal with Japan and South Korea.

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Japan/Defense – Japan signals more robust security posture in new defence white paper (The Strategist)

 and  write for The Strategist: Japan’s new defence white paper, Defense of Japan 2021, affirms Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s continuation of his predecessor Shinzo Abe’s proactive contribution to regional peace and security.

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Japan/China – Japan’s recent scheme toward economic and trade issues with China (Global Times)

Global Times writes: The Japanese ambassador to Australia Shingo Yamagami recently said that Japan “struggles every day” when it comes to its relations with China, according to media reports. 

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Japan/South Korea – Japan–South Korea Olympic diplomacy over before it began (East Asia Forum)

Editorial Board, ANU, writes: Despite the long list of problems associated with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics — corruptionscandalsbudget overruns, a year’s long delay due to COVID-19 and widespread public opposition — the event continues to be billed as a festival of peace.

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Japan/South Korea – Why the Suga–Moon Tokyo Olympics summit was cancelled (East Asia Forum)

Kazuhiko Togo writes for East Asia Forum: The relationship between Japan and South Korea since the end of the Second World War has certainly been complex. Psychological adjustments after 36 years of Japanese colonial rule were high hurdles to overcome for both countries. Yet, Japan and South Korea gradually grew close.

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Japan’s Defence White Paper 2021: China Riled by Mention of Taiwan Strait (VIF)

Prof Rajaram Panda writes: On 13 July 2021, Japan issued the 2021 Defense White Paper. One significant mention for the first time is the need to maintain stability in the Taiwan Strait, which is threatened by increasing Chinese military incursions on the Taiwanese waters. The White Paper observed: “China has further intensified military activities around Taiwan including Chinese aircrafts entering the south-western airspace of Taiwan. In the meantime, the United States has demonstrated a clear stance of supporting Taiwan in military aspects, such as transits by U.S. vessels through the Taiwan Strait and weapon sales. “Stabilizing the situation surrounding Taiwan is important for Japan’s security and the stability of the international community. Therefore, it is necessary that we pay close attention to the situation with a sense of crisis more than ever before.”

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Japanese computers hit by a wiper malware ahead of 2021 Tokyo Olympics (Security Affairs)

Pierluigi Paganini writes: Japanese researchers spotted an Olympics-themed wiper targeting Japanese users ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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(Russia/Japan/Kuril Islands) The Kuril Islands roadblock on a Russia–Japan peace treaty (East Asia Forum)

Andrey Gubin, Far Eastern Federal University, writes for East Asia Forum: During a press briefing at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on 5 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed his readiness to discuss a peace treaty with Japan. He highlighted that both Moscow and Tokyo share strategic interests and recent amendments to Russia’s constitution would not impede cooperation.

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(USA/Japan) Secretary Blinken’s Call with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi (US Department of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Motegi emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance to peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.  Secretary Blinken thanked Foreign Minister Motegi for hosting Deputy Secretary Sherman for a successful U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea trilateral meeting in Tokyo.  They also discussed concerns regarding the mass arrests and detentions of protestors in Cuba and agreed on the need for the Cuban regime to hear its people and serve their needs at this vital moment.  In addition, Secretary Blinken conveyed his wishes to Japan for a safe and secure Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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