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The front gate of Camp Delta is at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba
Feb 18, 2024
Japan refuses to grant visa to ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee now author
The 53-year-old author, who penned a memoir during his imprisonment that became a worldwide bestseller and movie, had planned to visit Japan in March.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo speaks during an interview in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 17, 2024
Philippines eyes hosting 'two-plus-two' security talks with Japan this year
The countries' foreign and defense ministers will likely meet toward the middle or second half of the year, with a key security pact on the agenda.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi during a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday
Feb 5, 2024
Classified Japanese diplomatic info leaked after Chinese cyberattacks
Japan has lagged behind other developed countries in the development of its cybersecurity defenses.
Foreign Minister Yōko Kamikawa will likely face some institutional challenges in achieving quick and meaningful progress in advancing the United Nation's Women, Peace and Security initiative.
Feb 2, 2024
Japan unveils task force for gender-inclusive security issues
U.N. mandate spurs Japan into action with new task force aimed at enhancing women's roles in global conflict resolution.
Taro Aso, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, makes a speech in Ashiya, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 30, 2024
Japan foreign minister brushes off controversial remarks by Taro Aso
Yoko Kamikawa appeared unfazed after Aso called her an old lady and said she's "not that good looking.”
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa vows to promote a "mutually beneficial" relationship with China in a diplomatic policy speech on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 30, 2024
Japan foreign minister wants 'mutually beneficial' ties with China
Kamikawa also expressed wariness over intensifying military cooperation between China, Russia and North Korea.
Jumpei Yasuda (second from left) was taken captive by an armed group for about three years and four months after entering Syria from Turkey for news coverage in 2015.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2024
Japan's passport denial for ex-captive journalist ruled illegal
The presiding judge ruled that the denial of a passport for Jumpei Yasuda was illegal, as it represented an abuse of the government's discretionary power.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (right) met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on her visit to Kyiv on Jan. 7.
Jan 15, 2024
Kamikawa’s surprise visit to Ukraine sent an important signal
As international support for Ukraine's war effort wavers, Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa's visit to Kyiv last week showed that Japan remains a key Kyiv ally.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington on Friday
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 14, 2024
Kamikawa's star rising as potential candidate to replace Kishida
Since Kamikawa took office in September, her reputation has been gradually bolstered by her energetic diplomatic trips.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, hold a news conference in a bomb shelter in Kyiv, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 7, 2024
Japan foreign minister promises aid for Ukrainian anti-drone system
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said Tokyo to provide the war-torn country with a drone detection system via a contribution to a NATO fund.
Yoko Kamikawa
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 28, 2023
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa to visit U.S. and Europe in January
The trip, which comes as Japan prepares for a state visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the invitation of the White House, starts on Jan. 5.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa gives a speech at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 14, 2023
Japan to give $3 million to global refugee education fund
Japan is known for its traditionally strict refugee policy.
Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Tarumi speaks at a news conference in Beijing on Monday.
Dec 5, 2023
Japan's outgoing China envoy regrets not being able to free prisoner
Hideo Tarumi met with the detained Astellas Pharma employee for the first time last week to "offer a personal apology."
Kiyoto Tsuji, a state minister for foreign affairs (center), and Kazuchika Iwata, a state minister of economy, trade and industry (right), talk to Ukrainian officials during their visit to Kyiv on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2023
Japan state ministers visit Ukraine to examine recovery needs
The delegation included representatives from Japanese firms such as JFE Engineering and IHI, and agricultural machinery maker Kubota.
Yoko Kamikawa
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 11, 2023
Top diplomat vows Japan will 'take lead' in addressing Gaza crisis
Japan will proactively communicate with related nations toward the realization of a "two-state solution" to the crisis.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Oct. 21.
Nov 8, 2023
Explaining Japan's nuanced approach to the Israel-Hamas war
Japan has the potential to influence the conflict due to its distinctive position within the international community.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speak as they wait for a group photo session during the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 8, 2023
G7 top diplomats call for ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Israel-Hamas war
The statement didn’t mention a cease-fire, only noting the necessity of humanitarian action.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (second from left) meets with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (second from right) in Ramallah, West Bank, on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 4, 2023
Japan to provide $65 million additional humanitarian aid to Palestinians
During a visit to the region, Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa did not comment on whether Israel's strikes on Gaza followed international law.
Japanese evacuees from Israel arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport via an Air Self-Defense Force flight on Friday night.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 3, 2023
SDF plane evacuates 46 from Israel as Japan's top diplomat visits
The evacuation came as Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa visited Israel for talks with her Israeli and Palestinian counterparts.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa waits for U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to arrive for a meeting in New York in September.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 2, 2023
Japan top envoy faces diplomatic test on trip to Israel and Jordan
One of the key focuses of Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa's trip will be the role Japan can play in easing the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation