Dec 21, 2014

Japan House plan to promote nation's culture, technology abroad

Japan will set up offices in London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo in fiscal 2016 to promote Japanese culture and technologies overseas, according to Foreign Ministry officials. The so-called Japan House will showcase Japanese culture such as “washoku” cuisine, “washi” handmade paper, manga and ...

Jul 30, 2014

Kennedy presents birthday cake to Kishida

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy presented a birthday cake to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday, his 57th birthday. In a 30-minute meeting at the Foreign Ministry, Kennedy celebrated Kishida’s birthday, telling him that July 29 is a special day, according to the ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan appoints new envoys to Belgium, EU, Botswana, Sudan, E. Timor

Masafumi Ishii, former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s International Legal Affairs Bureau, was appointed Tuesday as ambassador to Belgium. Also approved by the Cabinet was Keiichi Katakami, former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Economic Affairs Bureau, as ambassador to the European Union. ...

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 ...

Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid

| Jun 23, 2014

Abe looks to put his stamp on foreign aid

by Mizuho Aoki

Next up for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Figuring out how to put official development assistance (ODA) to “strategic” use so the international aid program can help Japan make a more “proactive contribution” to world peace, one of Abe’s pet policy goals. Since the program ...