National Topics

Jan 21, 2015

Komura says Tokyo will not meet Islamic State's demands

Masahiko Komura, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s vice president, said Wednesday that Japan will not comply with the Islamic State’s ransom demand, after the militant group threatened to kill two Japanese it is holding hostage. “Withdrawal of the humanitarian support is out of the ...

Jan 20, 2015

Hosono, Nagatsuma, Renho named as DPJ executives

The Democratic Party of Japan’s new president on Tuesday named Goshi Hosono as party policy chief and appointed Akira Nagatsuma and Renho as deputy presidents. Katsuya Okada’s appointment of prominent party figures presents an image of unity as the DPJ tries to regain public ...

EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

Jan 20, 2015

EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday welcomed Japan’s desire to play a greater role in regional and global security, calling the nation a “key” ally of the EU. Last week, the Cabinet requested the nation’s largest-ever defense budget, reflecting Prime Minister ...