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As China eyes Taiwan and beyond, Quad's Indo-Pacific agenda takes priority

  • The Quad Summit will be US President Joe Biden’s first interaction under the diplomatic and security initiative revived during the Donald Trump era as a buffer against Beijing
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)
Updated on Mar 05, 2021 04:56 PM IST
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By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

US President Joe Biden to join first ever 'Quad' leaders meet: Australian PM

“This will become a feature of Indo-Pacific engagement,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Friday, without giving details on the timing of the talks, expected to be held virtually.
US President Joe Biden.
US President Joe Biden.
Updated on Mar 05, 2021 01:42 PM IST
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Leaders of Quad countries set to hold first summit this month

Confirmation about the meeting came from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who told a news conference he had discussed the matter with US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne and then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, since succeeded by Antony Blinken, pose for a picture before the Quad ministerial meeting in Tokyo, Japan on October 6, 2020. (REUTERS File)
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne and then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, since succeeded by Antony Blinken, pose for a picture before the Quad ministerial meeting in Tokyo, Japan on October 6, 2020. (REUTERS File)
Updated on Mar 05, 2021 01:42 PM IST
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Suga expresses concern over China's dominance in East and South China sea at G7

It was the first G7 meeting that included Suga, US President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
On the coronavirus pandemic, Suga said he has had an unwavering resolve to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people since assuming his post in September.(AP)
On the coronavirus pandemic, Suga said he has had an unwavering resolve to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people since assuming his post in September.(AP)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 04:07 PM IST
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Japan expresses worry over China's attempts to alter status quo in Indo-Pacific

Toshimitsu Motegi along with his counterparts Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated in the third India-Australia-Japan-USA Quad Ministerial Meeting on Thursday.
Toshimitsu Motegi shared the recognition that the existing international order has been under challenge in various fields including unilateral attempts to change the status quo. (Twitter/@moteging)
Toshimitsu Motegi shared the recognition that the existing international order has been under challenge in various fields including unilateral attempts to change the status quo. (Twitter/@moteging)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 01:18 PM IST
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BOJ's Kuroda tell Suga March review aimed at sustaining easy policy

The BOJ governor and the prime minister hold meetings once every few months as a regular practice to exchange views on the economy and policy.
Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he also told Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that the global economy appeared to be picking up, based on estimates issued by the International Monetary Fund.(AFP)
Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he also told Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that the global economy appeared to be picking up, based on estimates issued by the International Monetary Fund.(AFP)
Published on Feb 18, 2021 10:22 AM IST
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Japanese PM Suga and Abe to be invited for launch of Kashi convention centre

  • PM Narendra Modi and the then Japanese PM Abe conceived the centre during their visit to the holy city in December 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's former PM Shinzo Abe together conceived the Varanasi convention centre project.(AP File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's former PM Shinzo Abe together conceived the Varanasi convention centre project.(AP File Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2021 12:30 PM IST
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By Sudhir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Varanasi

WHO team visits disease centre; Japan extends virus emergency

The World Health Organization experts visited an animal disease centre in the Chinese city of Wuhan as part of their investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, has died aged 100.(AP)
Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, has died aged 100.(AP)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 06:55 AM IST
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Japan official says ‘Go To’ campaign in March might support the tourism industry

'There will be demand for travel during the spring school holidays in March, so we should think of doing a ‘Go To’ campaign to properly support the tourism industry': Hiroshige Seko said even as studies indicate that the campaign may have spread the coronavirus.
Japan official says ‘Go To’ campaign in March might support the tourism industry(Twitter/JapanWTravel)
Japan official says ‘Go To’ campaign in March might support the tourism industry(Twitter/JapanWTravel)
Updated on Feb 02, 2021 10:54 AM IST
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Japan considers extension of Covid emergency as economy sputters

The emergency covering 11 areas including Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya has helped halt a rapid acceleration of virus cases threatening the developed world’s oldest population.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called for a more focused state of emergency than that which devastated the economy last spring.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called for a more focused state of emergency than that which devastated the economy last spring.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus

In a speech opening a new Parliament session, Suga said his government would revise laws to make anti-virus measures enforceable with penalties and compensation.
Japan National Stadium, where the opening ceremony and many other events are planned for Tokyo 2020 Olympics(AP)
Japan National Stadium, where the opening ceremony and many other events are planned for Tokyo 2020 Olympics(AP)
Published on Jan 18, 2021 06:08 PM IST
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IOC member raises question mark over Tokyo Olympics

The comments by Canadian IOC member Richard Pound to British broadcaster the BBC came as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency on Thursday for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.
File photo, the Olympic rings for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 pass by on a barge by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.(AP)
File photo, the Olympic rings for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 pass by on a barge by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.(AP)
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 02:21 PM IST
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Senior IOC member says he’s not sure Tokyo Games will happen

The comments by Canadian IOC member Richard Pound to British broadcaster the BBC came as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency on Thursday for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.
the Olympic rings for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 pass by on a barge by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.(AP)
the Olympic rings for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 pass by on a barge by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.(AP)
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 01:05 PM IST
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Japan to declare Covid-19 emergency for Tokyo region after record daily infections

The declaration will cover the capital and the surrounding prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, and is likely to be imposed from Friday until Feb. 7, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said. It will be revoked when infections fall below levels laid out by the government, he added.
Tokyo found more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus Thursday, a record, broadcaster NHK reported, citing an unidentified official.(Reuters | Representational image)
Tokyo found more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus Thursday, a record, broadcaster NHK reported, citing an unidentified official.(Reuters | Representational image)
Published on Jan 07, 2021 01:08 PM IST
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Japan weighs state of emergency in Tokyo area as Covid-19 cases surge

New cases in Tokyo surged to 1,278 on Tuesday, the second highest daily total since the pandemic began, with the national daily tally reaching a record 4,670, public broadcaster NHK reported.
People wearing protective face masks walk past at a Japanese izakaya pub alley, amid Covid-19 outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
People wearing protective face masks walk past at a Japanese izakaya pub alley, amid Covid-19 outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 08:14 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav

Murakami urges politicians to speak sincerely about Covid-19

Japan so far has avoided an explosive growth in infections, but its recent upsurge has many people worried.
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami said politicians need to reduce public uncertainty and fear over the coronavirus by speaking sincerely about the pandemic.(AP)
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami said politicians need to reduce public uncertainty and fear over the coronavirus by speaking sincerely about the pandemic.(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2021 06:36 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kunal Gaurav

Japan’s Prime Minister says ‘virus recognises no holidays’, urges ministers’ vigilance

“The virus recognises no year-end or New Year holidays. I ask each minister to raise the level of their sense of urgency and thoroughly carry out counter measures,” Yoshihide Suga told a meeting of the government’s taskforce on coronavirus responses.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday asked his ministers to remain ready to implement measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus infections(REUTERS)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday asked his ministers to remain ready to implement measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus infections(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 28, 2020 03:06 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Japan delays gender-equality goals in new five-year plan

The earlier goal was set by Suga’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, under his “womenomics” policy designed to promote more women in the workforce to make up for Japan’s fast-aging population.
Under the new five-year gender equality plan, approved by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet, the government has postponed the goal for women to account for at least 30% of leadership positions until “as early as possible during the 2020s.(Reuters file photo)
Under the new five-year gender equality plan, approved by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet, the government has postponed the goal for women to account for at least 30% of leadership positions until “as early as possible during the 2020s.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 02:49 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Japan aims to eliminate gasoline vehicles by mid-2030s, boost green growth

The “green growth strategy,” targeting the hydrogen and auto industries, is meant as an action plan to achieve Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s October pledge to eliminate carbon emissions on a net basis by mid-century.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 25, 2020 11:48 AM IST
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Tokyo | By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni

Japan to looking to reduce emissions beyond 2030 target

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday instructed his environment and industry ministers to work on a plan next year to create a carbon pricing scheme, which will be part of efforts to meet his pledge to make Japan carbon-neutral by 2050.
Suga’s instruction will have “huge implications” as it makes the idea official government policy, Vice Environment Minister Tokutaro Nakai told Reuters in an interview.(POOL)
Suga’s instruction will have “huge implications” as it makes the idea official government policy, Vice Environment Minister Tokutaro Nakai told Reuters in an interview.(POOL)
Published on Dec 21, 2020 02:58 PM IST
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Tokyo, Japan | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

PM Modi proposes creation of library to gather Buddhist literature from around the world

Noting that examples of Buddhist literature and philosophy can be found in monasteries in many countries and in different languages, Modi said this body of works is a treasure of humankind
Prime minister Narendra Modi addressing the Indo-Japan Samvad conference, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI)
Prime minister Narendra Modi addressing the Indo-Japan Samvad conference, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 02:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

Japan’s $1 trillion budget highlights Covid-19 challenge to growth, debt

The 106.6 trillion yen ($1.03 trillion) annual budget also got a boost from record military and welfare outlays. It marked a 4% rise from this year’s initial level, rising for nine years in a row, with new debt making up more than a third of revenue.
In Japan, fiscal reform has been shelved as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga prioritised efforts to contain the pandemic and boost growth, despite public debt at more than twice the size of Japan’s $5 trillion economy.(POOL)
In Japan, fiscal reform has been shelved as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga prioritised efforts to contain the pandemic and boost growth, despite public debt at more than twice the size of Japan’s $5 trillion economy.(POOL)
Published on Dec 21, 2020 11:07 AM IST
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Tokyo, Japan | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Japan cabinet’s approval rating drops to 40% on Covid-19: Report

The approval rating for his administration’s coronavirus measures plunged to 14% from 34% in last month’s poll, the Mainichi Shimbun survey showed. It was conducted by the newspaper and the Social Survey Research Center on Dec. 12, following one on Nov. 7, according to the report.
Suga’s government has doubled down on its bet that promoting domestic travel will help shore up the economy through the health crisis by extending its subsidies for six months.(Bloomberg Photo)
Suga’s government has doubled down on its bet that promoting domestic travel will help shore up the economy through the health crisis by extending its subsidies for six months.(Bloomberg Photo)
Published on Dec 13, 2020 02:08 PM IST
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By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Japan urges ‘quiet’ year-end, but to keep up tourism campaign

Japan’s government urged people on Friday to spend a “quiet” year-end after daily coronavirus infections hit a record, but said it would keep providing subsidies to promote tourism despite media reports that it may pause the campaign.
New coronavirus infections in Japan reached 2,848 cases on Thursday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began.(Unsplash)
New coronavirus infections in Japan reached 2,848 cases on Thursday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began.(Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 10:29 AM IST
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Tokyo | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Study links Japan’s domestic travel campaign to increased Covid-19 symptoms

The findings will make dismal reading for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has defended the travel campaign, saying it was needed to stop many small businesses in the hospitality sector from going bust due to the lack of customers as a result of the virus scare.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has defended the travel campaign, saying it was needed to stop many small businesses in the hospitality sector from going bust due to the lack of customers as a result of the virus scare.(Reuters)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has defended the travel campaign, saying it was needed to stop many small businesses in the hospitality sector from going bust due to the lack of customers as a result of the virus scare.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 08, 2020 04:44 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni

Japan govt’s new economic stimulus likely to amount 73 trillion yen

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the size of a new stimulus package to restore the economy, maintain employment and sustain business activity would be finalised this week.
Despite some signs of improvement in recent months, analysts expect Japan’s economy to shrink 5.6% in the current fiscal year ending in March 2021 and say it could take years to return to pre-coronavirus levels.(AP file photo)
Despite some signs of improvement in recent months, analysts expect Japan’s economy to shrink 5.6% in the current fiscal year ending in March 2021 and say it could take years to return to pre-coronavirus levels.(AP file photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2020 06:28 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma

US, Australia, India push back on Chinese influence. It’s QUAD in action | Analysis

Two legislations cleared by lawmakers in the United States and Australia aren’t standalone efforts but part of a larger exercise by QUAD to keep China under check
Australian lawmakers have cleared a law that will let the federal government block roll out of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative in Victoria state(AFP)
Australian lawmakers have cleared a law that will let the federal government block roll out of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative in Victoria state(AFP)
Published on Dec 03, 2020 03:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta

Support for Suga in Japan slides as Covid-19 wave worsens

Public approval could play into when he’ll call the next election, which must be held in less than a year, and dictate whether he can parlay his stop-gap position into a longer term in Japan’s top job.
Yoshihide Suga scored the third-highest support rate for a prime minister on record when he was installed in September after his Shinzo Abe’s sudden resignation due to illness.(Reuters file photo)
Yoshihide Suga scored the third-highest support rate for a prime minister on record when he was installed in September after his Shinzo Abe’s sudden resignation due to illness.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2020 10:41 AM IST
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By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Japanese travel campaign sparks debate on links to coronavirus spread

The popular “Go To Travel” campaign, which discounts trips to boost regions hit hardest by a lack of tourists, is one of the government’s most prized projects for spurring the economy, and has been heavily backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
On Friday, Suga urged travellers to refrain from using the program for trips originating in Sapporo and Osaka, areas badly hit by the current virus wave.(AP file photo)
On Friday, Suga urged travellers to refrain from using the program for trips originating in Sapporo and Osaka, areas badly hit by the current virus wave.(AP file photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2020 06:07 PM IST
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By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Japan ruling party proposal backs assistance for Covid-hit airlines

The draft proposal of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) called for efforts to stimulate tourism, which Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga views as a key growth sector.
Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)
Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 27, 2020 04:46 PM IST
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