Jan 28, 2014

Top Japan, U.S. diplomats to discuss Obama visit

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington next week to pave the way for a planned visit in April by President Barack Obama, a government source said Tuesday. Kishida is expected to reaffirm the ...

Jan 20, 2014

Kishida calls for stricter nuclear export controls in Asia

Japan unveiled a fresh initiative Monday to promote nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation and urged other Asian nations to strengthen their export controls to prevent such countries as North Korea and Iran from acquiring nuclear-related materials. “It is becoming more important for Asian countries to ...

Jan 19, 2014

Japan plans to open talks with Syrian opposition

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday will unveil plans at the Syria peace talks in Switzerland to open a dialogue with the Syrian opposition on bringing the civil war, now in its third year, to a quick conclusion, sources in the Japanese government said ...

Jan 14, 2014

Kishida urges China talks, assures on apologies

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called again Tuesday for China to agree to a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping. Kishida said the Abe Cabinet has “inherited” the views of its predecessors regarding Japanese colonial rule and wartime action in the ...

Nov 28, 2013

Kishida to make Japan's case on air defense dispute in Germany

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Germany to speak at a security conference in Munich from late January, government sources said Wednesday, a move aimed at airing Japan’s concern over China’s establishment of an air defense zone over parts of the East China ...

Nov 12, 2013

Japan resolved to contribute to global growth: Kishida

Japan is determined to help promote global economic growth by reviving its own economy through “Abenomics,” the aggressive economic policy mix of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said. Liberalizing trade and investment, and facilitating economic alliances with other countries and regions ...

Nov 8, 2013

Kishida's Iran visit to focus on nuke issue

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was preparing to leave Friday for Tehran, where he hopes to leverage Tokyo’s friendship to cement progress made in talks with world powers over curbing Iran’s nuclear drive. Kishida was scheduled to meet Saturday with his Iranian opposite and make ...

Kishida, Hague eye bolstered security ties

Oct 16, 2013

Kishida, Hague eye bolstered security ties

by Mizuho Aoki

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and British Foreign Secretary William Hague agreed Wednesday to deepen bilateral security cooperation, especially in the fields of maritime, computers and outer space as well as counterterrorism. During the second Japan-U.K. strategic dialogue in Tokyo, the ministers also agreed to ...