2017年08月09日

My latest piece in JAPAN Forward

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3 Reasons China Can’t Stop Exporting Oil to North Korea

Kosuke Takahashi (Tokyo correspondent of IHS Jane's Defence Weekly)

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2017年07月29日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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Japan's defence minister resigns


Kosuke Takahashi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
28 July 2017

Japan's Defence Minister Tomomi Inada resigned on 28 July following allegations of a cover-up at her ministry of sensitive logs detailing the activities of Japanese troops operating as UN peacekeepers in South Sudan.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Tokyo had been under heavy criticism over suspicions that it may have intentionally hidden military reports revealing a worsening security situation in the African country.

The Japanese pacifist constitution maintains an exclusively defence-oriented policy and prohibits Japan Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) personnel from operating in combat zones.

Speaking at a press conference Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has seen his government’s approval ratings plummet in recent months, accepted Inada’s resignation letter and announced that Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has taken over the defence portfolio for the time being.

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2017年07月20日

My latest in NK News

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Japanese lifestyle retailer Miniso still running Pyongyang branch: sources

Miniso Japan claimed last week that operations in Pyongyang had ended

Damin Jung and Kosuke Takahashi July 18th, 2017




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