Mar 26, 2015

Diet members to visit China in early May

Members of a supra-partisan group of Japanese lawmakers are set to visit China for three days starting May 4. The plan was reported to Wednesday’s general meeting of the group, which works to promote friendship between Japan and China. The parliamentarians’ league, headed by ...

Feb 13, 2015

Japan, Russia hold talks in Moscow to discuss Putin visit

Senior Japanese and Russian diplomats met Thursday in Moscow to lay the groundwork for a planned visit to Tokyo by President Vladimir Putin this year. Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and his Russian counterpart, Igor Morgulov, discussed the long-running territorial dispute and prospects for ...

Nov 18, 2014

Japanese, Russian diplomats to meet in December

Senior Japanese and Russian diplomats will meet in Tokyo in early December to agree a schedule for a postponed meeting of vice foreign ministers, informed sources said Tuesday. Expected participants are Hajime Hayashi, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s European Affairs Bureau, and Andrei ...

Oct 22, 2014

U.N. torture investigator wants to visit Guantanamo

The United Nations’ investigator on torture said Tuesday he had asked the U.S. military to allow him to interview inmates as a condition for a visit to the Guantanamo prison. U.N. special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez said he was invited in 2012 to ...