Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

by Mami Maruko

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 Mami Maruko

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 ...

Feb 4, 2014

British envoy warns against Asia instability

British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens has warned against moves that damage stability in Asia, apparently concerned about tensions between Japan and neighboring nations such as China. The British government “would be worried by actions which heightened regional instability,” Hitchens said in a conference ...

Model tackles plight of world's hungry

Feb 4, 2014

Model tackles plight of world's hungry

by Toshiyuki Inaba

Model Kurara Chibana said she felt devastated when she saw children dying of hunger in Zambia, Tanzania and other impoverished countries. To help tackle the issue, Chibana became the U.N. World Food Program’s ambassador against hunger for Japan in December after having served as ...