Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

Feb 4, 2015

Abe thanks Turkish president for assistance in hostage crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his appreciation to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Turkey’s assistance in trying to resolve the hostage crisis that ended with Islamic State militants killing two Japanese nationals, officials said. “Japan will fulfill its responsibility to contribute to stability ...

Feb 2, 2015

Japan must remain undeterred

We repeat our condemnation of the acts of the Islamic State extremist group, which claims to have killed both of the two Japanese they took hostage, Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa. Its attempt to justify their killings by accusing Japan of taking part in ...

Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

| Jan 31, 2015

Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s latest hostage crisis has exposed shortcomings in Japan’s public diplomacy and raises questions about the advice Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received in publicly announcing $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those displaced by conflict with the Islamic State group. Understandably, the prime ...

Jan 29, 2015

Tinkering with the war apology

For his statement at next summer's 70-year commemoration of the end of World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to avoid "nitpicking" words that were already used in Japan's 1995 apology for its wartime aggression in Asia. Will the new statment ...