France and Japan face 'tougher' Indo-Pacific security situation, minister says

France and Japan face 'tougher' Indo-Pacific security situation, minister says

20/1/2022 5:18:00 PM

France and Japan face 'tougher' Indo-Pacific security situation, minister says

TOKYO: The security situation facing Japan and France in the Indo-Pacific is unstable and \u0022getting tougher\u0022, Japan\u0027s defence minister said on Thursday (Jan 20), at the start of talks between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries. The so-called \u0022two-plus-two\u0022 talks between Tokyo and Paris c

TOKYO: The security situation facing Japan and France in the Indo-Pacific is unstable and"getting tougher", Japan's defence minister said on Thursday (Jan 20), at the start of talks between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries.

The so-called"two-plus-two" talks between Tokyo and Paris come as Japan has pushed to bolster security cooperation with Western allies as it faces China's growing might and North Korean missile development.France has overseas territories in the Indo-Pacific and stations armed forces in the region. Rising tensions relating to Taiwan, over which China asserts sovereignty, have put a sharp focus on Japan's security role. North Korea also launched missiles recently in a

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LinkedIn TOKYO: The security situation facing Japan and France in the Indo-Pacific is unstable and"getting tougher", Japan's defence minister said on Thursday (Jan 20), at the start of talks between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries.Final approval from the government is expected later in the day, but on Wednesday morning experts backed placing 13 regions"under quasi-emergency measures from Jan 21 to Feb 13" Daishiro Yamagiwa, minister in charge of the coronavirus affairs, told reporters.This exceeds the previous high seen in August shortly after Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics.review observed that everyone in the restaurant had ordered the dish while they were there.

The so-called"two-plus-two" talks between Tokyo and Paris come as Japan has pushed to bolster security cooperation with Western allies as it faces China's growing might and North Korean missile development. France has overseas territories in the Indo-Pacific and stations armed forces in the region. The highly infectious Omicron variant is driving a resurgence in coronavirus cases, with daily nationwide infections topping 30,000 for the first time this week, according to media tallies. Rising tensions relating to Taiwan, over which China asserts sovereignty, have put a sharp focus on Japan's security role. The western prefecture of Osaka posted a record 5,396 new cases, while Tokyo had 5,185, the highest since Aug 21. North Korea also launched missiles recently in a rapid sequence of weapons tests . But government officials and experts are worried that rising infections could put pressure on the country's medical system. "Unilateral attempts to change the status quo with force are continuing in the Indo-Pacific region, and the security environment surrounding Japan and France is getting tougher and unstable," Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi said. Ironically, a number of reviewers raved more about the fried rice than the novel ramen dish.

Kishi and Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi will meet with French counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly via video conference. More than 78 per cent of Japan's population is fully vaccinated, but the programme began later than in some other developed countries. An official decision on the quasi-emergency measures, as they are called, may be declared as early as Wednesday, the Yomiuri newspaper said. "France is one of Japan's closest friends, and an important player in the Indo-Pacific," Hayashi said."Today, I would like to deepen our discussion to raise cooperation".2 per cent of the population has received a booster shot. Officials had said ahead of the talks that Japan would look to deepen cooperation with France, although it was unclear what that would mean in practical terms.4 per cent on Tuesday. Japan and France have already concluded several key security deals, including an agreement on the transfer of defence equipment and technology. This alone qualifies you to apply for the role of a Lifestyle & Entertainment writer at Mothership.

The two have increased their joint military drills in recent years. The bilateral talks come ahead of other security-related meetings involving leaders in the region, including a virtual summit between US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and consultations between Australian and British foreign and defence ministers, both on Friday. Related: .