National Apr 19, 2013

Cabinet backs letting SDF use land vehicles for overseas rescues

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday endorsed a revision to the Self-Defense Forces law that would allow emergency transportation of Japanese and other nationals overseas using land vehicles. The government and the ruling parties will aim for approval of the bill in ...

National Jan 25, 2013

Japan's toll highest in hostage crisis

Japanese nationals accounted for the largest number of foreign hostages killed during last week's dramatic standoff with Islamic militants in southeastern Algeria, with Tokyo confirming the 10th victim Thursday. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday that 37 hostages from eight overseas countries were killed ...

National / Politics Jan 20, 2013

Abe confirms cooperation with Britain over Algeria hostage crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British Premier David Cameron confirmed their cooperation over the ongoing Algeria hostage crisis during a telephone conversation Saturday evening. Speaking to reporters afterward, Abe said he and Cameron shared their concern that the situation remains "unpredictable" and that many people, ...

Nation's firms lured by Algeria's resources

National Jan 18, 2013

Nation's firms lured by Algeria's resources

by Mizuho Aoki

Engineering firm JGC Corp., whose employees are believed to have been taken hostage Wednesday by Islamist militants in Algeria, is just one of many Japanese companies making inroads in the resource-rich country. "In the North African region, Algeria and Libya are the two important hubs ...