Apr 4, 2014

Hague: EU must ready tougher Russia sanctions

The European Union must have stronger sanctions ready to impose against Russia if they “become necessary,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday, as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Athens. The crisis in Ukraine tops the agenda at the ...

| Apr 1, 2014

Ruling puts whaling in doubt

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi says he will look for ways to continue whaling despite an order by the world court to discontinue the hunt.

Mar 24, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium to U.S.

Japan will return to the United States more than 700 pounds (315 kg) of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama’s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. American and Japanese officials announced the ...

Apr 5, 2013

Diet opens debate on Hague Convention bills

by Ayako Mie

Amid mounting international pressure on Japan to rectify cross-border parental abductions of offspring, the House of Representatives on Thursday started deliberating bills related to joining the Hague Convention. Signing the accord was one of the pledges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made to U.S. President ...