Tag - diplomacy



JAPAN / View from Osaka
Apr 19, 2014
America: the superpower ally that's far, far away
Japan is, at heart, politically as well as geographically, a country of small towns. One of these is home to the Japanese-American political relationship.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 7, 2014
Abbott walks China-Japan tightrope on trip to Asia
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, having called Japan his country's closest friend in Asia, will seek this week to overcome Chinese unease about his loyalties in a region beset by territorial tensions.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2014
Japan's image hurt by Abe's militarist facade: Nye
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalistic views on history are hurting Japan's chances in an increasingly public PR battle with China and South Korea, a Harvard professor says.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 31, 2014
North ready to discuss abductions again
North Korea has become open to discussing the abduction issue with Japan again and the two countries agreed Monday in Beijing to carry on with governmental talks.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2014
North talks a balancing act for Abe
Japan's agreement with North Korea to restart government-level talks can be viewed as one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's few diplomatic achievements.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 18, 2014
Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan
Visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, welcomed new official development assistance from Japan totaling ¥120 billion in yen loans.
Feb 12, 2014
Abe's Russia initiative
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that his revisionist perception of Japan's war in the 1930s and '40s is putting Japan in a weak position diplomatically, especially with regard to its negotiations with Russia to resolve a northern territorial issue.
Japan Times
Jan 2, 2014
Abe's diplomatic overtures are likely to fall on deaf ears
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw relatively smooth diplomatic sailing in 2013, but he flushed his year-long effort down the drain with his surprising visit to Yasukuni Shrine.
Dec 20, 2013
Diplomat's arrest sparks clash of political cultures
The escalating diplomatic spat between India and the U.S. over the treatment of an Indian deputy consul-general who was arrested in New York highlights a clash of pathologies of two political cultures.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2013
Hyogo lawmakers bent on U.S. diplomacy boost
Liberal Democratic Party members of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly began periodic meetings this month with representatives of the U.S. Consulate in Osaka-Kobe to enhance diplomacy with the U.S. through better communication, an assembly member said.
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2013
ASEAN ties key to Abe's China policy
Once he winds up his two-day trip to Laos and Cambodia from Saturday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have visited all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in less than a year since taking office.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Oct 30, 2013
Okinawa deadline sought in 1957
Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi pressed U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a summit in 1957 to consider setting a deadline for returning Okinawa, saying the Japanese public might otherwise become nervous about U.S. intentions, according to diplomatic records declassified Wednesday.
Aug 16, 2013
Repairing Tokyo-Seoul ties
One year since South Korea's president set foot on the disputed Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan, the chilly Seoul-Tokyo relationship shows no signs of improving.
Aug 2, 2013
Smarter diplomacy needed
Given the importance of rebuilding ties with China, perhaps Shinzo Abe should reconsider his emphasis on 'universal values' as part of his regional diplomacy.
Jul 16, 2013
Repairing ties with Beijing and Seoul
More than a half year after the inauguration of the Abe Cabinet, Japan's bilateral relations with China and South Korea remain chilly. South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with U.S. President Barack Obama in early May in Washington. Although South Korean leaders traditionally follow up such a meeting...
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2013
Cote d'Ivoire envoy seeks cocoa boost
Cote d'Ivoire's ambassador to Japan, Jerome Kloh Weya, says his mission is to enhance economic ties between his country and Tokyo — equal to the level of amicable diplomatic relations that the two countries have shared over the past 53 years.
Japan Times
Apr 8, 2013
After days of escalating threats, China makes veiled criticism of ally North Korea
Responding to regional worries over North Korea's bellicose threats, China on Sunday expressed concern and what appeared to be veiled criticism of its longtime ally.
Apr 4, 2013
Getting real on North Korea
The task in addressing North Korea's saber-rattling is made no easier by the world's having to confront an impoverished and effectively defeated country.
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2013
China's foreign policy shift?
China is expected to appoint two men to its top foreign policy positions who have devoted their careers to Beijing's relations with the United States and Japan, reflecting in part the rising tensions with both countries, according to former diplomats and foreign policy experts.
Feb 11, 2013
Movers of Abe's diplomacy
Who are the key figures helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally lead Japan's diplomacy rather than defer to the defense and foreign ministries?


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