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Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 5, 2019
'Human security' in focus at U.N. symposium cosponsored by Japan
A recent high-level symposium at the United Nations hosted by Japan and other member states emphasized "human security," tracing the framework's evolution through decades of U.N. efforts to cope with humanitarian and environmental crises around the world.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jan 26, 2019
China increases clout at United Nations as U.S. leadership wanes
As the United States has increasingly backed away from multilateral leadership and engagement at the United Nations, China in particular has stepped up to fill the vacuum, according to diplomats and insiders, while countries such as Japan are left on uncertain footing.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 6, 2018
Mayor of tsunami-hit city stresses resilience and inclusivity at U.N.
The mayor of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, which was devastated by the 2011 tsunami disaster, stressed Monday how resilience and inclusivity are necessary for rebuilding the city as he spoke at the United Nations to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 19, 2018
Japan fails to mention nuclear arms ban pact for second year in draft U.N. resolution
Japan has again omitted any reference to a landmark nuclear arms ban treaty, adopted last year, in its draft annual U.N. resolution calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons — despite falling support for its previous resolution.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 11, 2018
Two atomic bomb survivors deliver anti-nuke petition with over 8 million signatures to United Nations
Two Japanese atomic bomb survivors delivered a petition Wednesday to disarmament officials at the United Nations calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons, an appeal backed so far by more than 8.3 million people around the world.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2018
Japanese entertainment, ad firms join forces with U.N. to raise awareness of social development goals
Representatives from entertainment powerhouse Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., advertising giant Dentsu Inc. and the United Nations recently highlighted their joint efforts to make the Japanese public aware of the international body's social development work around the globe.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 27, 2018
Okinawan activist fights for rights of indigenous Ryukyuans at U.N. forum
Activist Shinako Oyakawa recently used her first participation at a United Nations gathering in New York to highlight Okinawan issues in the context of a broader struggle for the rights of indigenous people around the world.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 11, 2018
Japanese female farmer offers inspiration to young women at U.N. gathering
When Kozue Yuki gave up her day job three years ago to take up farming in northeastern Japan, she never expected to find herself on an international panel at the United Nations, nor did she envision finding her voice or inspiring others to pursue their dreams.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 21, 2018
U.N. hears how the Fukushima disaster is transforming Japanese students into agents of change
For a dozen students from Futaba Future High School in Fukushima Prefecture, a recent visit to the United Nations was a chance to share their plans to improve the lives of others by drawing from their catastrophic earthquake and tsunami experiences as a source of strength.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 13, 2017
Chicago youths find inspiration, broader horizons through 'life-changing' Japan study, language program
For three inner-city Chicago teens, vivid memories of traveling to Japan with their Japanese-born schoolteacher, as part of a program initiated by a former prime minister, was a turning point that forever changed their lives.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jul 18, 2017
Treaty ban on threatening to use nukes puts Japan in difficult position
The inclusion of a phrase outlawing the threat of using nuclear arms in the world's first-ever treaty to ban such weapons gives the accord teeth — but also makes it harder for allies of nuclear-armed countries to support the pact.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 22, 2016
Japan should press for UNSC reform, permanent seat early in Trump's term: ex-U.S. official
You couldn't ask for better timing. As President-elect Donald Trump sets up his administration, and as Tokyo marks its six-decade-long membership in the United Nations, Japan should press its case for a permanent seat on a reformed Security Council it envisions, a former U.S. official has said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 22, 2016
Hibakusha join activists at U.N. event in calling for nuke ban treaty
Atomic bomb survivors join anti-nuclear activists in New York where they voiced their concerns ahead of a General Assembly meeting that will vote on whether to ban nuclear weapons.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 1, 2016
As U.N. Security Council president, Japan gets with the Twitter program
As Japan's presidency at the U.N. Security Council kicked off in July, the communications team at its mission has been hard at work honing its presence on Twitter.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 21, 2016
Japan can deploy its strengths in many ways in peacekeeping missions, U.N. official says
The head of the United Nations Department of Field Support has said he welcomes Tokyo's efforts to enhance the security of peacekeepers on missions abroad. Former Indian diplomat Atul Khare, who assumed the U.N. role last year, was speaking ahead of a visit to Japan that began Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 23, 2015
Japan and Kazakhstan urged to lead push for global nuclear test ban
Japan and Kazakhstan should leverage their experience as atomic bomb and nuclear testing victims when they co-chair an upcoming conference aimed at pressing eight key countries to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, a U.N. official said recently.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 21, 2014
Imagine all the children: Yoko Ono launches UNICEF global singalong
Yoko Ono joined an international cast of musicians and other artists on Thursday at the United Nations to kick off a project using one of John Lennon's best-known songs to highlight the plight of children denied rights.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 11, 2014
Abe's female Cabinet picks set example for world, says U.N. Women chief
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet reshuffle last week — which increased the number of female members from two to five — set a positive example for the world, according to the head of the United Nations agency working to empower women.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 21, 2014
U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is forging ahead with a plan that could increase the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces overseas under new parameters, and the United Nations welcomes a national debate in Japan on the issue as it views the potential to improve peacekeeping efforts with Tokyo’s help.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 12, 2014
U.S. academic hopes Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly heckling will lead to change
After decades of researching women and gender issues in Japan, retired American professor Joyce Gelb was not shocked by the male Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly members who harassed one of their female colleagues in June, but she hopes the incident will spark much-needed change.

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