Apr 8, 2014

Kishida wants leaders to visit A-bombed cities

At a ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament starting Friday, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday he hopes to call on the leaders of nuclear weapons states to visit the A-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “Having leaders of countries visit the atomic-bombed cities and ...

Apr 6, 2014

Obama visit chance to showcase robust alliance: Kishida

Japan wants to make U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit an opportunity to show the robust Japan-U.S. alliance to the world, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday. In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Tokyo, Kishida said he is looking ...

Mar 24, 2014

Kishida announces fresh loans for Myanmar

Japan will provide about a ¥24 billion in new loans to Myanmar to help build power transmission grids, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told President Thein Sein on Monday in the capital city of Naypyitaw. Kishida, who flew into Yangon on Sunday, also met with ...

Mar 7, 2014

Suga mum on Ukraine sanctions for Russia

by Reiji Yoshida

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined comment if Tokyo will impose economic sanctions against Russia over its deployment of troops on Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, only saying Tokyo will “properly deal with the situation by closely consulting with relevant countries.” The United States, Japan’s sole ...

Feb 26, 2014

China accuses Japan of being regional 'troublemaker'

China on Tuesday labeled Japan a “troublemaker” that is damaging regional peace and stability, firing back at earlier criticism from Tokyo over a spike in tensions in northeast Asia. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying was responding to comments by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida that ...

Feb 14, 2014

U.S. may get official nod to bring in nukes in emergency

Japan may officially allow the United States to bring nuclear weapons into the country if an emergency threatens national safety, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida hinted Friday. Speaking to a Diet committee, Kishida outlined certain exceptions to Japan’s long-held principles of not possessing, producing or ...

Feb 13, 2014

Obama to shore up ties with Asia trip

U.S. President Barack Obama will make a trip to Asia, including Japan and South Korea, in late April in a bid to promote his administration’s commitment to the region, the White House said Wednesday. Obama’s trip to Japan, during which he will meet with ...

Feb 3, 2014

Kishida, Kerry to finalize Obama visit

President Barack Obama will likely visit Japan in April during his tour of Asia and hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe despite Washington’s disappointment with his visit to Yasukuni Shrine, sources said. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Secretary of State John Kerry are ...

Feb 2, 2014

Japan, China spar at Munich conference

Senior Japanese and Chinese officials exchanged harsh words over history and territorial issues at a session at the Munich Security Conference Saturday. Fu Ying, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, said the most important thing is Japan’s denial of ...

Jan 28, 2014

Top Japan, U.S. diplomats to discuss Obama visit

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington next week to pave the way for a planned visit in April by President Barack Obama, a government source said Tuesday. Kishida is expected to reaffirm the ...