Jul 22, 2014

Japan appoints new envoys to Belgium, EU, Botswana, Sudan, E. Timor

Masafumi Ishii, former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s International Legal Affairs Bureau, was appointed Tuesday as ambassador to Belgium. Also approved by the Cabinet was Keiichi Katakami, former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Economic Affairs Bureau, as ambassador to the European Union. ...

Jul 4, 2014

U.S. Embassy in Algeria warns of possible attack

The United States Embassy in Algeria has warned about a possible attack by a “terrorist group” on targets in Algiers, possibly near a U.S.-branded hotel in the capital. A statement on the embassy website told embassy employees to avoid hotels owned or operated by ...

North links relations to de facto embassy's fate

Apr 1, 2014

North links relations to de facto embassy's fate

A ranking North Korean diplomat said Tuesday that whether his country and Japan can improve their relations hinges on the fate of Pyongyang’s de facto embassy building in Tokyo. “Without resolving this issue, there is no need to make progress on Korea-Japan relations,” Song ...

Jan 23, 2013

After Algeria crisis, Japan steps up security in region

The government is moving to strengthen the security of Japanese citizens in northwestern Africa in the wake of last week’s deadly hostage crisis in Algeria. The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it will temporarily shut down the Japanese Embassy in Bamako, Mali’s capital, due to ...