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Jun 15, 2016

Masuzoe expenses scandal: a chronology

April 1979 to June 1989: Masuzoe is an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, his alma mater. April 1999: He loses to Shintaro Ishihara in a Tokyo gubernatorial election. July 2001: Masuzoe elected to the Upper House on a Liberal Democratic Party ticket. ...

Jun 15, 2016

U.S. official sees opportunity in Obama's Hiroshima visit

U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima provided a precious opportunity for the American public to think about the goal of creating a world free of nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. government official said Tuesday. Rose Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control ...

Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

Jun 14, 2016

Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a set of key personnel changes at the Foreign Ministry, including the appointment of Shinsuke Sugiyama, deputy foreign minister in charge of political affairs, as the ministry’s top bureaucrat. The 63-year-old Sugiyama, former director-general of the Asian and Oceanian ...

Japan pledges to help put CTBT into force early

Jun 14, 2016

Japan pledges to help put CTBT into force early

Senior Vice Foreign Minister Seiji Kihara said Japan is ready to lead the way in putting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty into force at an early date. Kihara signaled the government’s stance in a speech to a one-day ministerial-level meeting in Vienna to ...