In the press review of this Tuesday, November 17, we will discuss: a possible agreement with Australia, cooperation to save the economies of the Pacific, and finally Hokkaidô on alert for the coronavirus.
Reciprocal Access Agreement
Yoshihide Suga received his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison. The two leaders of course talked about the coronavirus and the economy. But they mainly talk about the defense of the Indo-Pacific zone, where China is increasingly asserting itself. Japan and Australia are on the verge of reaching a reciprocal access agreement, a legal framework that allows their troops to travel to each other’s countries to conduct joint training and operations. If this agreement is signed, it would be the first of its kind since the 1960 agreement with the United States.
21 economics ministers from the Pacific region pledged on Monday to cooperate to support economic recovery, as the region recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “We will continue to cooperate and act quickly to foster quality growth, protect the lives and livelihoods of our people, strengthen the resilience of our economies and support a strong and inclusive economic recovery” they said in the first joint statement for three years.
State of emergency
The department of Hokkaidô will increase its level of alert to the coronavirus, from level 4 to level 5, for its capital Sapporo, announced on November 16 the governor of Hokkaidô Naomichi Suzuki and the mayor of Sapporo Katsuhiro Akimoto. Residents of the city will therefore be encouraged not to go out unless necessary. It will also be strongly advised not to travel to and from Sapporo.