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 23, 2014

Kishida congratulates new Indonesian leader

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has congratulated the winner of the presidential vote in Indonesia, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who was confirmed as the successful candidate in the race late Tuesday. “We welcome that the presidential election was smoothly conducted and congratulate the election of the ...

Jul 18, 2014

Kishida, in Ukraine, orders ministry to probe plane crash

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, now visiting Ukraine, said Thursday night he has ordered his ministry to verify reports of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters, Kishida said, “I have ordered (the ministry) to confirm the facts,” adding that ...

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. warns Abe against visiting North Korea

The United States has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to refrain from visiting North Korea, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning such a trip could disturb trilateral coordination involving Tokyo, Washington and Seoul to rein in Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs, sources familiar ...

Jun 26, 2014

Broader foreign aid urged

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan should expand its use of overseas development assistance by targeting new regions and projects and consider funding noncombat operations led by foreign military forces, a panel said Thursday in a report to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. If the recommendations are accepted in the ...

Jun 26, 2014

Kishida might postpone Vietnam visit

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida might delay visiting Vietnam during his trip to Southeast Asia later this month to deal with the July 1 talks with North Korea, government sources said. The possible cancellation could also be affected if the Cabinet ends up approving a ...

Jun 18, 2014

Kishida to delay visit to Russia again

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to delay his visit to Russia to September or later out of consideration for Japan’s alliance with the United States, a country that has taken a tough stance toward the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, government sources said ...

May 19, 2014

Japan, North Korea to hold talks in Sweden

The government said Monday it will hold talks with North Korea next week in Sweden in hopes of speeding up discussions on the abduction issue. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters in Tokyo that the government-level talks will be held from May 26 to ...

Apr 29, 2014

Japan to pledge road-construction support in Africa

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will pledge Japan’s support for building a key road connecting four African countries when he joins an international conference on African development to be held in Cameroon on Sunday and Monday, a government source said Tuesday. Kishida will likely announce ...

Apr 17, 2014

Kishida to postpone visit to Russia over U.S. ties

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to postpone his planned visit to Russia, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The government has determined that the trip this month could affect Japan’s alliance with the United States, which blames Russia over growing unrest in eastern Ukraine, ...

Apr 8, 2014

Kishida wants leaders to visit A-bombed cities

At a ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament starting Friday, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday he hopes to call on the leaders of nuclear weapons states to visit the A-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “Having leaders of countries visit the atomic-bombed cities and ...