Apr 2, 2015

Takakazu Kuriyama, former ambassador to U.S., dies at 83

Former Japanese Ambassador to the United States Takakazu Kuriyama, who was involved in bilateral talks for the 1972 reversion of Okinawa Prefecture, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Tokyo on Wednesday, his family said Thursday. He was 83. A native of Tokyo, Kuriyama ...

Sweden: Russia biggest threat, third of its envoys are spies

Mar 19, 2015

Sweden: Russia biggest threat, third of its envoys are spies

The Swedish security service SAPO accused Russia on Wednesday of using as many as one-third of its diplomatic staff in the Scandinavian country for clandestine intelligence gathering. Offering an unusual glimpse into the hush-hush world of counterespionage, SAPO chief analyst Wilhelm Unge described the ...

Turkey closes Yemen embassy after telling citizens to leave

Feb 17, 2015

Turkey closes Yemen embassy after telling citizens to leave

Turkey has closed its embassy in Yemen, the Foreign Ministry in Ankara said on Monday, the latest of a number of foreign powers to withdraw their diplomats as the country’s civil conflict worsens. The ambassador and other embassy staff had returned to Turkey, a ...

Nov 18, 2014

Japanese, Russian diplomats to meet in December

Senior Japanese and Russian diplomats will meet in Tokyo in early December to agree a schedule for a postponed meeting of vice foreign ministers, informed sources said Tuesday. Expected participants are Hajime Hayashi, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s European Affairs Bureau, and Andrei ...

Nov 18, 2014

Poland, Russian expel diplomats over spying

Russian and Polish officials confirmed Monday that they have carried out tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in an espionage affair that highlights intensified efforts by Moscow to penetrate NATO counties and a new determination by the West to fight back. As tensions grow over Russia’s military ...

Diplomats bag 'cool' photo prizes

Oct 10, 2013

Diplomats bag 'cool' photo prizes

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Ciaran Chestnutt, first secretary of the Australian Embassy, on Thursday won the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize while Mayssa Hamada from the Egyptian Embassy received the Grand Prize in this year’s photo contest featuring the works of diplomats posted in Japan. Celebrating its 16th anniversary ...