Dec 16, 2015

Abe urges ambassadors from abroad to sing Japan's tourism praises

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday asked foreign ambassadors to Japan to promote his nation's attractions. Abe made the request at a luncheon he hosted for the envoys at his official residence in Tokyo. Twenty-four ambassadors who speak Japanese took part, including Cheng Yonghua of ...

The art, and faux pas, of diplomatic gift-giving

/ Dec 25, 2014

The art, and faux pas, of diplomatic gift-giving


Christmas shoppers struggling to buy something for the man who has everything should spare a thought for those whose daily job it is to find the right gift for the world's most powerful leaders. Forget Santa's workshop in the North Pole; year-round the elves of ...

/ Sep 30, 2014

Japan announces new ambassadors

The government on Tuesday named Akira Yamada, a former director general of the Foreign Ministry's Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau, as the nation's next ambassador to Mexico. Yamada, 56, joined the ministry in 1981. He also served as deputy director general of its International ...