Jun 3, 2015

Ex-EU Council chief Van Rompuy tapped as haiku ambassador

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it has named former European Council President Herman Van Rompuy as ambassador for enhancing relations between Japan and the European Union through haiku. Van Rompuy visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his office the same day. The Belgian politician ...

Apr 7, 2015

Photographer seeking to enter Syria may be allowed limited travel

The Foreign Ministry is considering issuing a new passport that would allow limited travel overseas to a freelance photographer after it confiscated his previous one to stop him from going to Syria, a diplomatic source said. The passport would likely prevent Yuichi Sugimoto, 58, ...

Mar 13, 2015

Foreign Ministry holds event to plug Fukushima foods

The Foreign Ministry and the Fukushima Prefectural Government held an event in Tokyo Thursday to promote foods and drinks produced in the northeastern prefecture. Dishes and alcoholic drinks made from Fukushima produce were served to guests, including ambassadors from various countries. Dancers from Spa ...