May 1, 2017

Japan NGOs want government to ease curbs on travel to conflict areas

Japan-based nongovernmental organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance have asked the government to ease restrictions on travel to conflict zones, NGO members said Sunday. The NGOs argue that their activities are being hampered because the government treats their travel requests in the same way as those ...

Apr 12, 2017

Travelers to South Korea advised to remain alert amid tensions

The Foreign Ministry has advised Japanese nationals traveling to or staying in South Korea to pay attention to the latest information amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The current situation does not immediately affect the safety of Japanese in South Korea, the ministry also ...

Sep 27, 2016

Japan versions of TPP documents turn up 18 mistranslated parts

Eighteen mistranslated parts have been found in the official Japanese translation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership documents, it was learned on Monday. The Foreign Ministry reported the mistranslations at a meeting with the main opposition force, the Democratic Party, on the day. The ministry notified the party ...

Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

/ Jun 14, 2016

Sugiyama appointed top bureaucrat in Foreign Ministry

The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a set of key personnel changes at the Foreign Ministry, including the appointment of Shinsuke Sugiyama, deputy foreign minister in charge of political affairs, as the ministry's top bureaucrat. The 63-year-old Sugiyama, former director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs ...