Sep 17, 2014

China's Xi pledges maritime security with Sri Lanka

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased “maritime security” cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighboring India. Xi said his proposal for a 21st century maritime silk road and his host President Mahinda Rajapakse’s vision to turn ...

Sep 16, 2014

Female GSDF officer to draw NATO duty

The Defense Ministry plans to dispatch a female officer in the Ground Self-Defense Force to the NATO headquarters in Brussels later this year, sources said Tuesday. The lieutenant colonel will be the first SDF member dispatched to NATO. With the dispatch, the Abe administration ...

Sep 16, 2014

Abe to visit New York from Monday for U.N. General Assembly

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit New York for five days starting next Monday to attend the U.N. General Assembly, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. Abe is scheduled to speak during general debate at the assembly’s 69th session and at the U.N. ...

Sep 16, 2014

China's Xi heads to Sri Lanka seeking to boost ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping will on Tuesday begin his first state visit to Sri Lanka, seeking to bolster already strong ties with the island just days after Japan’s prime minister launched a rival bid for influence. China is already the biggest foreign investor in ...

Abe recommits to 'womenomics'

Sep 12, 2014

Abe recommits to 'womenomics'

by Masaaki Kameda

At an international conference focusing on women, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday renewed his pledge to promote the status of women in society. Speaking to an audience of about 1,000 people attending the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Abe vowed to address ...