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What is Next for the TPP?

 During the run-up to the U.S. presidential elections, three of the four candidates openly came out against the Transpacific Partnership agreement, which had been signed by representatives of the U.S. and other eleven governments, including Japan, on February 4, 2016.


Understanding the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

 Where does one begin when trying to explain what is going on in the United States with this year’s presidential election? It is certainly one of the most bizarre ones to date, not least of all because the two main candidates are highly unpopular with the American public.


ASEAN undermined by China’s maneuver to break it up

 The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Vientiane of Laos issued a joint statement.



China-Russia Summit: Selfish arrogance of justifying change of the status quo

 Chinese President Xi jinping met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing during Putin’s official visit to China.



G7 Summit in Ise Shima Significant emphasis on rule of law

 Group of Seven (G7) leaders adopted a declaration which summarized the achievement and concluded 2-day discussions at the advanced nations’ summit in Ise Shima.



North Korea Workers’ Party Congress’s stance on nuclear weapons unacceptable

 North Korea held the seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party. North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un emphasized that North Korea is “a responsible nuclear weapons state” but this is not acceptable.



Arms export is important in term of self-defense

 Japan, Germany and France competed in bidding for Australia’s next-generation submarine development plan. The Australian government decided to conduct a joint development on the submarine with French companies. This recent business competition was the first large-scale commercial deal since the change of Japan’s arms export policy by the Abe Cabinet.


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