Mar 25, 2016

Diplomat Yutaka Yokoi named new ambassador to China

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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 ...

Dec 28, 2015

Abe economic adviser in line for ambassadorial role

The Abe administration is considering appointing Etsuro Honda, a special adviser to the Cabinet, as an ambassador, probably to a European country, according to government sources. The appointment won’t be officially made until next month at the soonest, the sources said Sunday. Honda has ...

Feb 18, 2015

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

France summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Tuesday to voice its “extreme concern” over a French citizen sentenced to death on drug charges in Indonesia. “The minister expressed France’s firm opposition to the death penalty in all locations and all circumstances,” the office of Foreign ...

Man who stopped Ottawa shooter to become ambassador

Jan 9, 2015

Man who stopped Ottawa shooter to become ambassador

The Canadian sergeant-at-arms hailed as a hero for killing the gunman who stormed Canada’s Parliament last year will become the country’s ambassador to Ireland, the prime minister announced Thursday. Kevin Vickers, an Irish-Canadian, has been feted by world leaders ever since the Oct. 22 ...

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

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Bruce Miller, Australia’s ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead ...

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

May 24, 2014

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

Japan and China should “freeze” their differences over the Senkaku Islands and focus on economic matters to improve strained relations, former Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa said. “Neither of us can compromise on those uninhabited islands even by 1 millimeter,” Niwa said in ...