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Chronology of Major Events 2009 - Page 5

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Japan

Strategic Profile

23 January:Japan’s space agency launched a domestically made rocket H2A carrying the world’s first greenhouse-gas monitoring satellite.

24 February:According to Kyodo news agency, two Japanese businessmen disclosed details of secret trade deals they had with Pakistan’s scientist A.Q Khan. Their remarks shed new light on the connection between Khan and Japanese companies.

5 April:In response toNorth Korea’s firing of a long-range rocket flying over northern Japan into the Pacific Ocean, Japan protested with threats of sanctions and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

7 April:Japan announced an aid of $5 million to help Pakistanis displaced by conflict in its restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) regions.

16 September: Yukio Hatoyama, the leader of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), was elected Japan’s new Prime Minister. DPJ, the left-of-centre party, came to power after nearly 50 years of rule by the conservatives.

13 November: In a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and US President Barack Obama in Tokyo, the two sides agreed to explore ways to enhance a new global framework for civil nuclear cooperation including assurances of fuel supply, so that countries can access peaceful nuclear power without increasing the risks of proliferation.

Relations with India

3 July: During the third round of the Japan-India strategic dialogue in Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna discussed ways to sustain and possibly expand their cooperation in the bilateral and international domains.

9 November: In talks between Indian Defence Minister A.K. Anthony and his Japanese counterpart Toshimi Kitazawa in Tokyo, the two sides renewed their commitment to develop an action plan to advance security cooperation and expressed their determination to take forward bilateral defence exchanges and cooperation in a meaningful way in 2010.

29 December: During Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s visit to New Delhi, India became the third country after the United States and Australia to have a “two-plus-two” dialogue with Japan, involving their respective foreign and defence ministers. The two sides also identified nine areas of collaboration and reviewed economic cooperation especially in infrastructure development.



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