Japan, France agree to start talks on defense supplies-sharing pact

Jan 7, 2017

Japan, France agree to start talks on defense supplies-sharing pact

The defense and foreign ministers of Japan and France agreed at their “two-plus-two” meeting Friday to start negotiations over a bilateral accord on sharing defense supplies and services. In a joint statement issued after the meeting in Paris, the ministers also expressed opposition to ...

Jan 5, 2017

Kishida leaves for France to attend security talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday left Japan for France, where he is set to attend “two plus two” talks involving the countries’ foreign and defense ministers in which they are likely to discuss China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. After France, Kishida ...

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

Dec 26, 2016

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

A French-Swiss aid worker has been kidnapped in the city of Gao in northern Mali, and French and Malian authorities are working together to rescue her, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday. Sophie Petronin, who runs a nongovernmental organization that helps children suffering ...

French police search for man after Japanese woman goes missing

Dec 24, 2016

French police search for man after Japanese woman goes missing

A 21-year-old Japanese university student is missing in France, and local police are trying to ascertain the whereabouts of another foreign student in connection with her disappearance, local authorities and media said Friday. Narumi Kurosaki, a Tokyo-born student at the University of Tsukuba in ...