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Perspectives of the APR "in Japanese"
With what tasks will be released at the May G-7 summit, the leading "seven", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe, who received the presidency at the May 2016 summit, intends to draw the attention of the GXNUMX to these issues, while solving the main current world problems, such as the problem of Syrian refugees, the problem of international terrorism, according to the Japanese news agency Jiji Press.
The tasks facing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the eve of the summit include, among other things, improving relations between Japan, China and South Korea, the Japanese news agency reports. Dzidzi Press Agency.
There has been an improvement in relations between Japan and the PRC recently, the Jiji Press agency notes, and the long-standing contradictions that arose between Japan and South Korea during World War II are also approaching a certain resolution. Thus, Japan has already achieved significant results. in improving relations with neighboring countries, but there are still a lot of tasks in this direction.
The central themes of the summit
Shinzo Abe counts on a positive solution to the issues discussed, which will give him the opportunity to hope for an increase in his rating among voters before the upcoming summer elections in the country, the Dziji Press agency notes.
However, Abe's role as chairman of the summit is not easy. Japan's relations with neighboring countries are not as deep as, for example, those of the US and the EU. This is due to a certain concern of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida, noting that the preparation for the summit will require some effort, "otherwise the level of the summit will be low." In this regard, the Japanese government is quickly taking a course to improve diplomatic relations between Japan, Turkey, Jordan, and also Saudi Arabia.
Regarding the conflict in Syria, Shinzo Abe attaches great importance to cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will not participate in the summit. At the same time, Shinzo Abe hopes to continue negotiations on the problems of belonging to the Kuril Islands, in connection with which the Japanese prime minister is planning an official visit to Russia before the start of the summit, presumably in the spring.
However, Russia and the EU, opposing the Islamic State, have not yet been able to agree on joint countermeasures against IS, the prospects for such an agreement, which Shinzo Abe hopes for, is still questionable.
The main subject of discussion for Japan itself at the summit, to which Japan intends to pay special attention, will be the issue of activating China's naval forces in the APR. However, it is obvious that the EU, cooperating with China, is not particularly interested in this problem, which has already been confirmed at last year's summit in Germany. Then everything was limited to the wording "The danger of growing tension."
Last year, two official meetings were held between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, at which business-level talks on economic and maritime cooperation between the two countries were resumed. However, the problem of violation of territorial waters by the official courts of the PRC around the Senkaku Islands (Okinawa Prefecture - "ER") remains urgent. Its final decision could be the main achievement on the way to improving relations between Japan and the PRC.
A possible project for the joint development of a natural gas field with China has not yet received final approval and a decision on it has not yet been made by the Chinese side. The Japanese side hopes for the possibility of a bilateral official visit at the highest level, but the consent of the PRC leadership has not yet been received.
A certain improvement in relations with South Korea was obviously influenced by the recognition by the Japanese government of the damage caused to Korean women by the Japanese army during World War II and the creation of a fund for victims in the amount of 1 billion yen. At the same time, the task of cooperation in the field of security in the region remains, in which South Korea is also interested, for example, the possible conclusion of an Agreement on the Security of Military Information (General Seculity of Military Information Agreement).
A year and a half has passed since the secondary investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens in the DPRK, but the issue has not yet been finally resolved.
Safety assurance laws were passed in Japan in September 2015 and are effective from March 2016. The Japanese government intends to take a course towards strengthening cooperation with the United States in the field of guaranteeing the safety of its citizens.
“In the event of an attack on UN staff or representatives of peace delegations, the Japanese self-defense forces, according to the new law, can protect them and provide assistance to the victims. However, some members of the government party are concerned about this formulation of the question, as these actions may have an impact on the upcoming summer elections. It was decided to finally return to the solution of this issue after the elections, ”the Dzidzi Press news agency said.