Feb 28, 2014

North Korea talks set for Monday

Government officials from Japan and North Korea will hold talks in China on Monday, the first such meeting since November 2012, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo and Red Cross Society said. The talks will be on the sidelines of meetings by Red Cross officials ...

Feb 14, 2014

Envoy to Congo sacked over staff embezzlement

Yoshimasa Tominaga, ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was effectively removed Thursday in response to the embezzlement of public funds by an embassy employee. The Foreign Ministry reprimanded Tominaga, 63, and ordered him to return home. Earlier this year Shinya Yamada, former ...

Dec 20, 2013

China supplants Japan in Americans' eyes: poll

According to a survey, more Americans believe that China — rather than Japan — is Asia’s most important partner for the United States. The survey, commissioned by the Foreign Ministry, reversed the results of a similar survey last year. The poll, conducted in July ...

Nov 15, 2013

Japan honors Jane Birkin for tsunami relief effort

British-born singer-actress Jane Birkin was awarded the top honor Thursday from the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo for supporting Japan’s relief efforts after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Best known as the muse of iconic French singer Serge Gainsbourg, who wrote several of her albums, Birkin ...

Jul 17, 2013

Diplomat disciplined for disparaging LDP lawmaker on Facebook

The Foreign Ministry slapped a ministry official with a disciplinary warning Wednesday for disparaging a ruling party lawmaker on Facebook, saying the posting damaged public trust in national civil servants. “The Foreign Ministry will continue to draw its personnel’s attention to the appropriate private-use ...

Jun 14, 2013

Budget cuts affecting diplomacy, embassy galas

The Foreign Ministry is worried that budgetary cutbacks have reduced the quality of receptions at diplomatic missions abroad, denting efforts to boost Japan’s diplomacy, gather information and build personal connections. The ministry is calling for an increase in related outlays under the fiscal 2014 ...

Mar 8, 2013

Ministry in '45 torched 8,000 secret files

The Foreign Ministry burned about 8,000 files of highly classified documents shortly before the nation’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, according to Japanese diplomatic records declassified Thursday. In early November 1945, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers General Headquarters began questioning senior ministry ...

Sep 6, 2001

Two panels created on diplomacy

In what may be a sign of renewed frictions between key Cabinet figures, Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka launches a private advisory panel on diplomatic issues.