Allies agree Japan’s Mission to NATO

The North Atlantic Council agreed on Thursday (24 May 2018) to accept Japan’s request to designate its Embassy to Belgium as its Mission to NATO. The Ambassador of Japan to Belgium will be the Head of the Mission of Japan to NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a joint press conference in Tokyo, 31 October 2017. In 2011, Allies decided to invite all partner nations to establish Missions to NATO. Since then more than two dozen partners have done so, in…

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DPRK lashes out at Japan for joining military drill with US

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday lashed out at Japan for strengthening military cooperation with the United States, calling it an anti-DPRK move. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had vowed that Japan would “keep itself on a high alert based on the firm Japan-U.S. alliance” after the DPRK test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. Accusing Tokyo of “building public opinion, reversing black and white,” the commentary said Japan “is motivated by the cunning calculation…

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