Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

Jun 14, 2016

Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a set of key personnel changes at the Foreign Ministry, including the appointment of Shinsuke Sugiyama, deputy foreign minister in charge of political affairs, as the ministry’s top bureaucrat. The 63-year-old Sugiyama, former director-general of the Asian and Oceanian ...

Japan's new passport design to feature Hokusai's famous Fuji series

May 18, 2016

Japan's new passport design to feature Hokusai's famous Fuji series

The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it will use Katsushika Hokusai’s series of landscape prints “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji” for the new design of immigration stamp pages in the country’s passport. The work of the famous Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print artist, who was ...

Dec 24, 2015

Japan argued against declaring region nuke-free at 1975 U.N. forum

Japan argued against declaring Northeast Asia a nuclear-weapons-free zone at a United Nations conference in 1975 because such a restriction might interfere with the movements of American warships, according to diplomatic records declassified Thursday. The Japanese government documents portray the dilemma Tokyo faced then ...