Oct 14, 2014

Japan to send more young officials to U.N., other international bodies

The National Personnel Authority plans to send more young government officials to the United Nations and other international organizations to increase the nation’s presence globally. The effort will get underway starting in fiscal 2015 by expanding and improving an existing overseas training program. The ...

Oct 6, 2014

UNICEF exec prods more Japanese to join international groups

Richard Bridle, director for human resources at UNICEF, is urging more Japanese to work in international organizations. “We would like to encourage more Japanese to come into international service,” Bridle said during an interview in Tokyo last week. “It’s not about money (for the ...

Sep 25, 2014

Myanmar frees dozens more child soldiers from army, U.N. says

Myanmar’s army Thursday released 109 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said, commending the country’s “accelerated” efforts to end the use of child soldiers. The move was the largest single release of child recruits since the formerly junta-ruled nation ...

Abe pledges more climate aid but keeps figure under wraps

Sep 24, 2014

Abe pledges more climate aid but keeps figure under wraps

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged further assistance to help developing countries cope with climate change-related natural disasters, but he didn’t disclose how much money Tokyo would be putting toward such efforts. And his promise, delivered at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York ...

Sep 20, 2014

Japan to pledge disaster mitigation help at U.N. climate summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pledge Japan’s further assistance to developing countries in coping with climate change-related natural disasters at this week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, a government source said Saturday. Thursday’s summit, convened and hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ...

Japan-donated bell, Lennon's 'Imagine' mark U.N. peace event

Sep 20, 2014

Japan-donated bell, Lennon's 'Imagine' mark U.N. peace event

The ringing of a bell donated by Japan and a performance of John Lennon’s anti-war anthem “Imagine” resounded at United Nations headquarters Friday at an event for the upcoming International Day of Peace. “Almost 70 years ago, the world community pledged to save succeeding ...