Cote d'Ivoire leader makes case for broader ties

Jun 4, 2013

Cote d'Ivoire leader makes case for broader ties

Pledges to assist African development show “lots of generosity” but Japan can benefit from extending assistance in a variety of fields, Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara said Monday. Cote d’Ivoire “showed a 9.8 percent economic growth last year and is considered one of the ...

Africa also has stake in UNSC reform: Abe

Jun 3, 2013

Africa also has stake in UNSC reform: Abe

Japan and African nations must cooperate to push forward United Nations Security Council reform in order to realize better global governance, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. It was the first meeting between leaders of Japan ...

Tunisian leader touts investment opportunities

Jun 3, 2013

Tunisian leader touts investment opportunities

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Sunday invited Japan’s businesses to invest and play a major role in his country’s transition toward democracy and a free-market economy. Speaking at a roundtable meeting with Japanese corporate executives, Marzouki, who became head of state in 2011 after ...

Jun 3, 2013

Japan to provide disaster expertise

Japan is primed to provide its disaster prevention expertise to Africa as climate change continues to threaten sustainable growth on the continent, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday at the African aid conference. “Japan has the history and experience of fighting natural disasters,” Abe ...

TICAD's to-do list extensive, 20 years on

| Jun 1, 2013

TICAD's to-do list extensive, 20 years on

Looking back on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development and its achievements over the past 20 years, Masaki Inaba touched on the number of flights that now directly connect Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. “Korean Air provides flights straight from Seoul to Kenya. Ethiopian ...

May 30, 2013

Flak dooms handbook pushing motherhood

A government task force discussing measures to boost Japan’s low birthrate has scrapped an idea to give young women handbooks informing them of certain medical facts — including those pertaining to infertility — faced by some women in their late 30s. The handbook, tentatively ...

Tokyo's Koreatown emerged from the flow of bilateral ties

| May 28, 2013

Tokyo's Koreatown emerged from the flow of bilateral ties

Diplomatic friction between Tokyo and Seoul over territorial and historical disputes is making headlines once again, and Tokyo’s right-wing protesters know just where to go to get in the face of its Korean residents: Koreatown in Shinjuku Ward’s Shin-Okubo district. Following are some questions ...

'Abenomics' still has long way to go

May 25, 2013

'Abenomics' still has long way to go

The recent volatility of the Nikkei 225 stock average should not be a cause for alarm, government officials assured Friday, but pundits pointed out that “Abenomics” seems to have a long way to go until the economy begins to show a robust and steady ...

May 22, 2013

Women to get larger role in Cool Biz

Female office workers are being enlisted in the fight against global warming as the Environment Ministry prepares its Super Cool Biz campaign for a June 1 kickoff. The promotion takes the ongoing Cool Biz program up a notch and proposes that women play a ...