Jun 30, 2014

North's missiles may have sent different message

As Japanese and North Korean envoys prepared to hold talks Tuesday, Tokyo faced the difficulty of assessing Pyongyang’s seriousness in its promised inquiry into the fates of abducted citizens while apparently snubbing Japan and other neighbors Sunday with a pair of missiles fired into ...

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

Jun 27, 2014

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

Physician Tetsu Nakamura, 67, tries to take a different route to work each day and varies his departure times because that is the safest way to live in Taliban-troubled eastern Afghanistan. His Peshawar-kai aid group has conducted medical and agricultural work there for the ...

Jun 26, 2014

Broader foreign aid urged

Japan should expand its use of overseas development assistance by targeting new regions and projects and consider funding noncombat operations led by foreign military forces, a panel said Thursday in a report to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. If the recommendations are accepted in the ...

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

Jun 24, 2014

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III pledged Tuesday to deepen security cooperation, at a time when their countries are facing growing military assertiveness from China. During a news conference following a 45-minute meeting and a working lunch in Tokyo on ...

Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid

| Jun 23, 2014

Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid

Next up for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Figuring out how to put official development assistance (ODA) to “strategic” use so the international aid program can help Japan make a more “proactive contribution” to world peace, one of Abe’s pet policy goals. Since the program ...

Jun 17, 2014

Food not checked for radiation poses risk in Fukushima: study

Eating unchecked homegrown vegetables and wild game from radiation-tainted areas on a regular basis can lead to high levels of internal radiation exposure, according to the results of a study published Tuesday in the U.S. online science journal PLOS ONE. However, levels of radioactive ...

Jun 6, 2014

Japan announces further Ukraine aid

Japan will release about ¥26 million in emergency funds to help evacuees from Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday. The aid will allow UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to provide shelter, basic supplies ...