Aug 31, 2015

Foreign Ministry seeks funding for eight new missions

The Foreign Ministry on Monday requested a 10.4 percent rise in its budget for fiscal 2016, partly to fund the opening of eight new diplomatic missions abroad. To bolster Japan’s diplomatic clout, the ministry’s request of ¥756.8 billion includes establishing embassies in four countries ...

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, ...