Jul 3, 2014

U.S. asks for more security at some foreign airports

The U.S. is calling for tighter security measures at some foreign airports, as intelligence officials are concerned about a new al-Qaida effort to create a bomb that would go undetected through airport security, a counterterrorism official said Tuesday. American intelligence has picked up indications ...

Thailand to tighten security as crisis deepens

May 11, 2014

Thailand to tighten security as crisis deepens

Thailand’s caretaker government says it will increase security to prevent clashes that could arise between the two sides in an escalating political crisis. In a televised announcement Sunday, the government’s security committee warned people to stay away from protest sites for their own safety. ...

Japan, EU agree to speed up trade talks

May 8, 2014

Japan, EU agree to speed up trade talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders agreed Wednesday to speed up efforts to conclude a free trade agreement and cooperate on countering attacks in cyberspace. “We will negotiate intensively while aiming to achieve a broad (trade) agreement in 2015,” Abe said at ...

Lost codes spark Haneda scramble

Apr 22, 2014

Lost codes spark Haneda scramble

Airport authorities launcd a frantic scramble to change security pass codes a day before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives, after an airline employee dropped a memo containing the details.

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

Apr 9, 2014

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

by Gianni Simone

The magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, devastated the northeast, killing more than 15,000 people and causing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Observers believed the sheer size of the catastrophe ...

Apr 8, 2014

China 'should not worry' about closer Australia-Japan defense ties

Closer defense ties between Japan and Australia should not raise concerns in regional superpower China, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. Canberra and Tokyo struck a major agreement Monday to enhance trade and security ties, elevating the bilateral relationship to a new level. Abbott ...

Mar 23, 2014

Notification process to be simplified for Japanese travelers overseas

The Foreign Ministry will streamline for short-term Japanese travelers overseas the process of reporting their presence to diplomatic missions, in order to speedily track them down during emergencies, ministry sources said Saturday. Currently, travelers overseas notifying diplomatic missions of their presence must provide information ...