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 ...

Envoys head to South Sudan as fighting rages

Dec 22, 2013

Envoys head to South Sudan as fighting rages

World leaders stepped up efforts Sunday to pull South Sudan back from the brink of all-out civil war as fighting raged across the young country, including in a key oil-producing region. Special envoys from the United States and Nigeria were flying into the Juba, ...

Myanmar's capital less of a ghost town

Dec 14, 2013

Myanmar's capital less of a ghost town

by Denis D. Gray

Watched around the clock, pampered and bathed twice a day, five white elephants are munching on choice greenery in Myanmar’s vast, remote and surreal capital. Above them soars a shimmering gold-plated pagoda. From ancient times, Myanmar’s rulers regarded these rare albino animals as sacred ...

Hyogo lawmakers bent on U.S. diplomacy boost

Nov 26, 2013

Hyogo lawmakers bent on U.S. diplomacy boost

by Minoru Matsutani

Liberal Democratic Party members of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly began periodic meetings this month with representatives of the U.S. Consulate in Osaka-Kobe to enhance diplomacy with the U.S. through better communication, an assembly member said. “The Japan-U.S. relationship is very important and there are ...

ASEAN ties key to Abe's China policy

Nov 14, 2013

ASEAN ties key to Abe's China policy

by Mizuho Aoki

Once he winds up his two-day trip to Laos and Cambodia from Saturday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have visited all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in less than a year since taking office.

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Oct 30, 2013

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi pressed U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a summit in 1957 to consider setting a deadline for returning Okinawa, saying the Japanese public might otherwise become nervous about U.S. intentions, according to diplomatic records declassified Wednesday. The talks, 15 years ...