National / Politics Jun 18, 2014

Kishida to delay visit to Russia again

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to delay his visit to Russia to September or later out of consideration for Japan's alliance with the United States, a country that has taken a tough stance toward the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, government sources said ...

Business Mar 24, 2014

Kishida announces fresh loans for Myanmar

Japan will provide about a ¥24 billion in new loans to Myanmar to help build power transmission grids, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told President Thein Sein on Monday in the capital city of Naypyitaw. Kishida, who flew into Yangon on Sunday, also met with his ...

Lithuania won't recognize Crimea referendum: envoy

National / Politics Mar 14, 2014

Lithuania won't recognize Crimea referendum: envoy

by Mizuho Aoki

As Sunday's referendum in Ukraine's Crimea approaches, the visiting Lithuanian foreign minister called Russia's de facto occupation of the territory an act of aggression against a sovereign nation and said the Baltic state will not recognize the election results. Following what he described as "fruitful ...

National / Politics Jun 26, 2013

Kishida to take part in regional talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday he will visit Brunei from Saturday to attend ASEAN-related meetings to discuss regional and international affairs and convey Japan's positions to participants. Kishida, citing the importance of preparations, said no concrete decisions had been made regarding potential bilateral talks ...

Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

National / Politics Mar 1, 2013

Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Thursday to protect Japanese territory and called on China to refrain from escalating tensions over the Senkaku Islands. In his first foreign policy address to the Diet, Kishida said there is no territorial issue to be resolved concerning the Japanese-administered ...