Jul 14, 2016

Vietnam protests China's activities in South China Sea

Vietnam on Thursday protested China’s recent activities in the disputed South China Sea, saying they seriously violate Vietnamese sovereignty. Chinese state media reported that two Chinese civilian aircraft on Wednesday landed successfully on two newly built airstrips on Mischief and Subi reefs. China also ...

Philippines willing to share South China Sea, says government

Jul 8, 2016

Philippines willing to share South China Sea, says government

The Philippines is willing to share natural resources with Beijing in contested South China Sea areas even if it wins a legal challenge next week, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told AFP Friday. Yasay said President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration hoped to quickly begin direct talks ...

Scientist honored as Vermeer aficionado

Jul 17, 2014

Scientist honored as Vermeer aficionado

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A Japanese molecular biologist with a love of the works of 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer has been recognized by the museum that houses one of his most renowned paintings. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, home to Vermeer’s masterpiece “Girl ...

Apr 4, 2014

Hague: EU must ready tougher Russia sanctions

The European Union must have stronger sanctions ready to impose against Russia if they “become necessary,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday, as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Athens. The crisis in Ukraine tops the agenda at the ...

| Apr 1, 2014

Ruling puts whaling in doubt

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi says he will look for ways to continue whaling despite an order by the world court to discontinue the hunt.

Mar 24, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium to U.S.

Japan will return to the United States more than 700 pounds (315 kg) of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama’s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. American and Japanese officials announced the ...

Apr 5, 2013

Diet opens debate on Hague Convention bills

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Amid mounting international pressure on Japan to rectify cross-border parental abductions of offspring, the House of Representatives on Thursday started deliberating bills related to joining the Hague Convention. Signing the accord was one of the pledges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made to U.S. President ...