/ Nov 13, 2015

Japan names new envoys to Germany, India, Russia, other countries

The Japanese government on Friday appointed new ambassadors to Germany, India, Russia and other countries. Toyohisa Kozuki, who was director general of the Foreign Ministry's European Affairs Bureau, will become ambassador to Russia, while Kenji Hiramatsu, who was head of the ministry's Foreign Policy Bureau, ...

Apr 13, 2015

Seven envoys named to promote cultural exchanges with Japan

The central government has named seven individuals as envoys to promote cultural exchanges with other countries in fiscal 2015, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Monday. They include Kenichi Yoshida, a member of the Tsugaru shamisen duo called the Yoshida Brothers, and photographer Naoya Hatakeyama. The five ...

Seoul's new envoy upbeat on patching up ties with Japan

/ Aug 21, 2014

Seoul's new envoy upbeat on patching up ties with Japan

South Korea's new ambassador to Japan, Yoo Heung-soo, is optimistic about improving diplomatic relations with Japan and said he was looking forward to using his contacts to patch up ties when he takes his post over the weekend. "As the Korean saying goes, 'Land hardens ...

Envoy backs Myanmar's nation-building bid

Nov 3, 2013

Envoy backs Myanmar's nation-building bid


Mikio Numata, Japan's ambassador to Myanmar, said he will support the people's efforts to build their own nation. "I would respect whatever future Myanmar people envision," said Numata, who assumed his post last November. Numata, 63, said he realized that Myanmar had changed dramatically when U.S. ...

Sep 21, 2013

'Shut up!' U.N. rights envoy quits over tirade in Geneva

Japan's human rights envoy stepped down Friday after facing criticism for screaming at a U.N. panel meeting to "shut up!" in Geneva in May, the Foreign Ministry said. Hideaki Ueda, 68, yelled at participants in the May 22 session of the Committee against Torture, which ...