Mar 25, 2016

Diplomat Yutaka Yokoi named new ambassador to China

The Foreign Ministry on Friday tapped “China school” diplomat Yutaka Yokoi as Japan’s new ambassador to China, underscoring its resolve to move bilateral relations forward at a time when tensions are building over territorial issues. Yokoi, 61, will replace Ambassador Masato Kitera within 30 ...

Sanctions eased but Japan Inc. treads warily in return to Iran

Mar 16, 2016

Sanctions eased but Japan Inc. treads warily in return to Iran

Optimism prevailed when United Nations sanctions against Iran were lifted in mid-January. Since the historic nuclear deal was reached last July between Iran and six global powers, companies, including those in Japan, had been vying for economic opportunities in a Middle Eastern market rich ...

Mar 14, 2016

Kishida, Wang hold talks in effort to move bilateral ties forward

After several failed attempts to arrange a teleconference, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was finally able to speak with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday as Tokyo seeks to defrost chilly bilateral ties. In their first talks since North Korea’s January nuclear test, Kishida ...