Feb 25, 2015

Kishida, Kerry to meet in Tokyo in mid-March: source

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to meet in Tokyo in mid-March to prepare for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s U.S. visit, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Kishida and Kerry are also expected to discuss anti-terror measures ...

Japan strongly condemns shootings in Copenhagen

Feb 16, 2015

Japan strongly condemns shootings in Copenhagen

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has told his Danish counterpart that the fatal shootings in Copenhagen that targeted people debating free speech deserved “strong condemnation,” the Foreign Ministry said Sunday. “I feel great anger over contemptible terrorist acts attacking the freedom of expression and different ...

Feb 13, 2015

Japan urges implementation of Ukraine cease-fire

The Abe administration praised the peace deal struck Thursday between Ukraine and its eastern rebels, expressing hope that parties will uphold it. “We welcome the cease-fire” starting Sunday between the Ukraine government and pro-Moscow rebels, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Friday. “We expect ...

Feb 13, 2015

Seoul slams Kishida's Takeshima remark

South Korea on Thursday criticized Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for calling the disputed Sea of Japan islets of Takeshima part of Japanese territory. Lee Sang-deok, director-general of the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau, summoned Kenji Kanasugi, minister at the Japanese Embassy ...

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 ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. 'fully' backs Japan, calls for release of Japanese

The United States “strongly condemns” the Islamic State militant group’s threat to kill two Japanese captives and called for the immediate release of these and other hostages, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said Tuesday. “The United States is fully supportive of Japan in this ...