Jul 15, 2014

Career diplomat to lead Tokyo's international outreach efforts

Akio Miyajima, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Britain, will take up a new post leading the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s foreign affairs activities, the central government said Tuesday. With the new post, to be officially created and filled by the career ...

Jun 26, 2014

Kishida might postpone Vietnam visit

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida might delay visiting Vietnam during his trip to Southeast Asia later this month to deal with the July 1 talks with North Korea, government sources said. The possible cancellation could also be affected if the Cabinet ends up approving a ...

| Apr 26, 2014

Asian paradox: Closer but cooler

by Jeff Kingston

The mini-Cold War between Japan and South Korea has kept Washington busy as it tries to forge closer security ties between its allies to offset the rise of China. Policymakers confront the Asian paradox of deepening distrust and conflict in tandem with widening economic ...

North ready to discuss abductions again

Mar 31, 2014

North ready to discuss abductions again

North Korea has become open to discussing the abduction issue with Japan again and the two countries agreed Monday in Beijing to carry on with governmental talks. During the first formal negotiations in more than a year, Japan appears to have demanded North Korea ...

Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan

Mar 18, 2014

Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan

by Reiji Yoshida

Visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, welcomed new official development assistance from Japan totaling ¥120 billion in yen loans. High-ranking officials from the two countries also signed a document in Tokyo on five infrastructure projects using the ...