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Preparatory Meeting for the Nuclear Security Summit

December 2, 2009

  1. A Preparatory meeting for the Nuclear Security Summit scheduled to be held in April 2010 in Washington, D.C., the United States, will be held on December 3 (Thu) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  2. Forty-three countries, including Japan (the host country) and the United States (the chair country), and representatives from international organizations are scheduled to attend. Mr. Toshio Sano, Director-General of the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will represent Japan.
  3. Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Assumption of Office of Mr. Yukiya Amano, Former Ambassador in charge of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Energy as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

December 1, 2009

  1. On December 1, Mr. Yukiya Amano, Former Ambassador in charge of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Energy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was inaugurated as the 5th Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Amidst the current surge of momentum in the international community in the areas of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, I am both sincerely and profoundly pleased that the First ever Director General from Japan, as well as from Asia, will now lead the Agency which aims at both ensuring nuclear non-proliferation and encouraging peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
  2. The IAEA is faced with a variety of challenges including the nuclear issues in North Korea and Iran as well as the necessity to strengthen technical cooperation for nuclear energy in order to address global issues in fields such as medicine, food provision, and the environment. Japan expects that, as the head of the IAEA, newly-appointed Director General Amano will actively address these challenges and sufficiently fulfill his responsibilities.
  3. In order to support the efforts of newly-appointed Director General Amano, the Government of Japan intends to work together with other member states for the strengthening of the IAEA.

New US Afghan Strategy Raises Questions

Obama at West Point
Photo: AP

President Barack Obama speaks about his Afghanistan policy at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., 1 Dec 2009

Obama Faces Divided US Public, Congress on Afghanistan

Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Charles M. Babington, leader of the 1st Platoon, Able Troop 3-71 Cavalry Squadron, points out as the men under his command arrive at the village of Baraki Rajn, Baraki Barak district, Logar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

US Lawmakers Debate New Strategy for Afghanistan

Photo: AP

From left, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, 2 Dec 2009

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Open Letter

One-sided Engagement Won't Work

The Obama administration’s more conciliatory approach to Burma will be short-lived unless the country’s rulers act soon to reciprocate.

I would like to say to the soldiers: “Look at the faces of the people! Don’t see the people as your enemies."
— ex Brig-Gen Kyaw Zaw, a founding member of Burma’s armed forces

Burmese Respond to News of Gambari's Departure

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Tatmadaw Founder Calls on Soldiers to Work for People's Sake

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Funding Cuts Threaten Dr Cynthia's Clinic

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US Teacher Deported

Burmese authorities deport an American English Teacher.

Surgeon Suspended after Rangoon Girl's Death

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Looking for the Switch to Light Up Burma’s Cities
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UN special envoy Gambari quits Burma job

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British MPs call for inquiry into junta’s crimes

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Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Machinery of dictatorship

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Burmese academic urges Netherlands to engage Burma

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Aung San Suu Kyi listed among 100 top ‘Global Thinkers’

Burma’s detained democracy icon and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been listed among the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2009 by the ‘Foreign Policy,’ a globally renowned...

Australia helps Burma in fighting HIV/AIDS

Australia will provide $ 3 million to Burma, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea as part of its effort to help reduce the spread of HIV in Asia-Pacific region. The Australian...
Farming in delta remains underfunded

Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Urgent agricultural aid is still needed in Burma’s cyclone-stricken Irrawaddy delta, with farmers complaining that government funding for the sector is far from adequate. - more

11,000 Burmese granted UN refugee status

Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Refugee organisations have welcomed news that around 11,000 Burmese migrants in Malaysia have been granted refugee status by the UN, a move that significantly strengthens their security. - more

UN aid ‘loaned’ to Chin famine victims

Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Aid given by the United Nations to malnourished villagers in Burma’s northwestern Chin and Kachin states may be coming in the form of repayable loans, an investigation has found. - more

HIV/AIDS rates in Burmese prisons high

Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Medical negligence and lack of contraception in Burmese prisons are leading to high rates of HIV infection among inmates, a political prisoner support group has warned. - more

‘Prayer’ activists face sedition charges

Dec 2, 2009 (DVB)–Four women, including an opposition party politician, have begun a trial in Rangoon in which they face charges of sedition after praying for the release of political prisoners in Burma. - more

Tension rises as stallholders stay put

Dec 2, 2009 (DVB)–Around 700 market vendors in southern Burma’s Irrawaddy division are defying orders from local authorities to move their market through fear of losing business in the cyclone-stricken delta. - more

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