Feb 18, 2015

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

France summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Tuesday to voice its “extreme concern” over a French citizen sentenced to death on drug charges in Indonesia. “The minister expressed France’s firm opposition to the death penalty in all locations and all circumstances,” the office of Foreign ...

Man who stopped Ottawa shooter to become ambassador

Jan 9, 2015

Man who stopped Ottawa shooter to become ambassador

The Canadian sergeant-at-arms hailed as a hero for killing the gunman who stormed Canada’s Parliament last year will become the country’s ambassador to Ireland, the prime minister announced Thursday. Kevin Vickers, an Irish-Canadian, has been feted by world leaders ever since the Oct. 22 ...

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

by

Bruce Miller, Australia’s ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead ...

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

May 24, 2014

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

Japan and China should “freeze” their differences over the Senkaku Islands and focus on economic matters to improve strained relations, former Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa said. “Neither of us can compromise on those uninhabited islands even by 1 millimeter,” Niwa said in ...

Envoy living out his childhood dream

| Apr 8, 2014

Envoy living out his childhood dream

by

Although it was his childhood dream to become his country’s ambassador to Japan, actually doing so was not an easy task for Abdulaziz Turkistani. “It’s a dream come true,” said the 56-year-old, who became Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Japan in 2009. Turkistani first came ...

Seoul lauds envoy’s sex slave stance

Feb 9, 2014

Seoul lauds envoy’s sex slave stance

Japan’s ambassador to South Korea has made comments taken as a step forward on the issue of South Korean women who were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II, according to a recent report by a South Korean ...