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voLDeMoRT | Nord Stream 1 gas supply to EU stopped indefinitely - Gazprom, 2 Sep
by Cat on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 04:57:10 PM EST
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Kyodo News | Tokyo Gas, Kyushu Electric renew deals to buy Russian LNG, 30 Aug  
"The decision follows Moscow's establishment of a new  operator for the [Sakhalin-2 ] project in the Russian Far East after Western energy firms withdrew their investments"
Asahi Shimbun | Prices to rise for nearly 10,000 food products in fall, 1 Sep
The average price increase rate in the latest survey was 14 percent.

The survey found that the costs of 9,414 food products will rise this autumn, bringing the total number of more expensive food items this year to 20,056. ...Food makers were already prepared to pass on the rising costs of crude oil and ingredients to consumers.
The government plans to maintain the current resale price of imported wheat for millers when it sets a new price in October as part of measures to help ease the pressure on consumers.

Mainichi | Japan, Taiwan to begin talks on evacuation plans amid China's threats
As Japan has no diplomatic ties with democratic Taiwan, the delegation will act in lieu of the country's government, which cannot have direct contact with the island's administration, lower house lawmaker Minoru Kihara told Kyodo News.
More than 20,000 Japanese citizens live in Taiwan. Japan usually sends Self-Defense Forces aircraft to evacuate its nationals in an emergency in another nation, but it is uncertain whether they can land on the island, which China claims as its territory.
Asahi Shimbun | Yen plummets to 24-year low of 140 against the U.S. dollar, 2 Sep
factors prompted traders to sell yen and buy U.S. dollars, pushing the value of the Japanese currency to its lowest level since 1998
Mainichi | Japan's foreign minister, top US Marine discuss China concerns
[Yoshimasa] Hayashi and [Commandant Gen. David] Berger also agreed on the importance of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, pledging to continue cooperating closely in strengthening the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance.
Later in the day, Berger held separate meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada. Kishida said Japan will proactively work on realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific, a vision pushed by both nations to counter China's rise. Hamada said cooperation between Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps is more important than ever.
Kyodo News | Japan's exports of sanctions-exempt used vehicles to Russia surge
by Cat on Sat Sep 3rd, 2022 at 12:39:19 AM EST
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Mainichi | 30% support state funeral for ex-PM Abe, 53% opposed: poll, 23 Aug
"Another 17% said they were undecided about the plans for the state funeral following the assassination of Abe in July, the poll conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Social Survey Research Center found."
Mainichi | Many local Japan assemblies adopt statements urging ex-PM Abe's state funeral be canceled, 22 Sep
In Kochi Prefecture in western Japan, the Otsuki Municipal Assembly passed a written opinion calling for cancellation of Abe's state funeral in a unanimous vote on Sept. 15, excluding the speaker and one absent member. The statement claims that, "Holding a state funeral should be decided in the Diet," and that, "Public opinion is evenly divided (over the state funeral), and carrying it out could create problems in the future."
The 10-member Nichinan Municipal Assembly in Tottori Prefecture, also in western Japan, adopted a resolution calling for the cancellation of Abe's state funeral in a unanimous vote on Sept. 8, excluding the speaker. The resolution states that, "The state funeral lacks clear legal basis, and public opinion has been split into two. The state funeral should be canceled in light of the actual circumstances surrounding funerals for past prime ministers."
According to a tally by the Mainichi Shimbun, local assemblies of at least 12 municipalities in Japan have adopted a statement or resolution calling for canceling the state funeral or withdrawing the plan. These include assemblies in the city of Kunitachi in suburban Tokyo, the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture[,] and the village of Ooshika in Nagano Prefecture....
Kyodo | State funeral for ex-PM Abe staged amid strong public opposition, 27 Sep
The National Police Agency has mobilized up to 20,000 officers to enforce strict security in the capital, particularly around the Nippon Budokan hall where the ceremony was held.
Opponents of the funeral have repeatedly held rallies in front of the prime minister's office, parliament building and elsewhere and filed lawsuits demanding that the event be scrapped. At a park near the venue, meanwhile, large numbers of people gathered to lay flowers from early in the morning.
A pair of large photographs of Abe were set up at the park, and entry was restricted to those placing flowers. After going through a security check, visitors placed flowers in a designated area and paid tribute to the former prime minister.
Earlier this month, a man set himself on fire on a street near the prime minister's office, police said, apparently intending to commit suicide in protest against the planned state funeral.
Among the more than 700 foreign guests
"Enough with humiliating ourselves diplomatically for the sake of a South Korea-Japan summit!" members of the group Movement for One Korea chanted [...] "The visits to pay respects at Yasukuni Shrine, the gaffes and denials of the truth regarding the Japanese military 'comfort women,' the sloppily put-together December 2015 comfort women agreement, the demands to take down Statues of Peace -- all of these happened during Shinzo Abe's term," the group said, stressing that the South Korean delegation should not attend his funeral.
are U.S. Vice President Kamala?! Harris, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi[,] and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. All the guests, who were required by the Japanese government to wear protective face masks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, laid flowers on a table below Abe's portrait....
Hankyoreh | Yoon returns from headache-filled trip to calls to reshuffle security team, 26 Sep
At his first stop in the UK, Yoon drew much criticism for his decision to send condolences for the death of Queen Elizabeth II without paying his respects in person. An expected South Korea-US summit failed to pan out in New York, where Yoon was visiting to attend a UN General Assembly session, and the trip produced nothing in the way of visible results on protectionist terms in the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) after the presidential office itself raised the South Korean public's hopes for them. In the case of Japan, the Yoon administration invited accusations of "submissiveness" with a cursory summit of ambiguous nature....
by Cat on Wed Sep 28th, 2022 at 12:48:48 AM EST
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