Oct 1, 2015

Kishida vows to achieve nuclear-free world

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, in a speech at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday, reiterated the country’s resolve to realize a world without nuclear weapons. Seventy years ago, more than 200,000 precious lives were lost in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Kishida’s ...

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Jan 1, 2015

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his New Year’s speech to hail his country’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula as an achievement that will “forever remain a landmark in the national history.” Putin’s comment in his prerecorded annual address on Wednesday already has been ...

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

Nov 15, 2013

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

A South Korean high school student has won the top award in a Japanese-language speech contest in Okayama. Kim Nae-yong, 17, defeated 11 other foreign contestants Friday with a speech in which she expressed her desire to “act as a bridge between South Korea ...

Aso vows 'drastic' action on deflation

Mar 1, 2013

Aso vows 'drastic' action on deflation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration will take “drastic” measures to revitalize the economy, Finance Minister Taro Aso pledged Thursday, suggesting that previous policies had been insufficient to beat back more than a decade of deflation. “Deflation is a deep-rooted problem that has undermined the ...

Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

Mar 1, 2013

Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Thursday to protect Japanese territory and called on China to refrain from escalating tensions over the Senkaku Islands. In his first foreign policy address to the Diet, Kishida said there is no territorial issue to be resolved concerning the ...