Feb 12, 2015

Putting reporters on a leash

In an unprecedented move, the Foreign Ministry last week ordered a freelance photographer who planned to go to Syria to return his passport for his own good.

Feb 9, 2015

Suga defends confiscating passport of Syria-bound journalist

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Monday defended the government’s confiscation of a journalist’s passport as necessary to “secure the safety of” Japanese overseas. The Foreign Ministry effectively confiscated the passport of freelance photographer Yuichi Sugimoto on Saturday to prevent him from going to ...

Feb 3, 2015

Kishida may attend U.S. meeting on fighting terrorism

The Abe administration is considering sending Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to an international anti-terrorism meeting slated for Feb. 18 and 19 in Washington, a Foreign Ministry official said. Japan is eager to boost coordination with other countries to curb extremism, especially after the killing ...

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 ...