Tag - israel-japan-relations



Nagasaki Mayor Shiro Suzuki says the city is holding off on inviting Israeli representative to this year's peace ceremony.
Jun 4, 2024
Nagasaki holds off inviting Israel to peace ceremony
Worries that protests could disrupt the memorial for atomic bomb victims are partly behind the decision, according to the mayor.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in July.
Dec 24, 2023
Japan is critical to linking the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East
As Japan enters the Year of the Dragon, it has an opportunity to link the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East in a way that benefits everyone.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during the High-Level Segment for Heads of State and Government session at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Friday. Kishida spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday regarding the situation in Gaza.
Dec 6, 2023
Civilian casualties should be minimized, Kishida tells Netanyahu
In response, the Israeli leader set out his country's position on the military operation in Gaza, the Foreign Ministry said.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is arranging to meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, sources have said.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 29, 2023
Kishida to possibly meet Israeli president on Friday
If realized, it would be the first time for the prime minister to hold talks with an Israeli political leader since the Gaza conflict began.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa attends a news conference during the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Oct. 7 surprise attack by Hamas on Israel fundamentally changed the nature of this year's meeting.
Nov 9, 2023
Dispelling myths about Japan’s ‘balanced’ Middle East diplomacy
Unfortunately, many in the Japanese media do not seem to understand what is really happening in the Middle East.
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.
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.
Palestinians react at the site of Israeli strikes on houses, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
Oct 26, 2023
Japan urges Israel to pause assault on Gaza
The Japanese government is repotedly making final arrangements to send Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa to Israel and Jordan on Nov. 2-5.
People evacuated from Israel arrive at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, just south of the South Korean capital, late Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 15, 2023
Japan evacuates eight citizens from Israel as 51 others arrive in Seoul
An SDF aircraft will remain on standby in Djibouti for the possibility of airlifting additional Japanese nationals.
Self-Defense Force personnel board an SDF KC-767 aerial refueling and transport aircraft bound for Djibouti in preparation for the evacuation of Japanese nationals from Israel, at Komaki Air Base in Aichi Prefecture on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 14, 2023
SDF plane heads for Djibouti to prep for Israel evacuation
The KC-767 refueling and transport airplane departed from Komaki Air Base in central Japan to stand by at an SDF base in Djibouti.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno speaks to reporters at a news conference on Friday in Tokyo.
Oct 13, 2023
Japan may dispatch SDF plane to evacuate citizens in Israel
In the meantime, Japan plans to evacuate its citizens on a charter flight Saturday amid the intensifying violence.
Israeli Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen speaks about the current situation in Israel amid the ongoing conflict with the Hamas militant group, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 13, 2023
Israeli and Palestinian envoys to Japan detail a week of violence
Both envoys expressed hope for Japan's diplomatic role in the conflict, but from very different perspectives.
Japan faces tough choices amid the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas. The issue now is how Tokyo will navigate the conflict.
Oct 12, 2023
Hamas tests the limits of Japan's Israel-Palestine policy
Japan is the lone outlier in the Group of Seven, condemning the Hamas attacks but also expressing concern over potential casualties in the Gaza Strip.
Japan Times
Aug 13, 2021
Startups from Japan and Israel to team up to make oxygen on moon
The potential technology could make possible long-term lunar missions independent of Earth in the future.
Japan Times
Jun 26, 2021
Japan's foreign minister plans trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories in August
During the trip, Motegi would look to build a relationship with the Israeli government under new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and offer assistance to reconstruct Gaza.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2020
The first offer is the best offer in negotiations
Japanese policymakers nee to pay continuous attention to the changing situation in the Middle East.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2018
Japanese and Israelis could make a killer yin-and-yang combo
Israel and Japan are the yin and yang of countries. And yet, despite — or maybe because of — their differences, they have much to offer each other.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 2, 2018
Japan, Israel PMs hold talks on Mideast peace, cybersecurity,
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, met Wednesday to discuss ways to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy and cybersecurity.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2013
Embassies in Japan using mascots as 'cultural ambassadors'
With the Japanese public smitten with adorable or bizarre costumed characters created to promote localities or events, some foreign embassies are not missing out on the chance to catch a ride on the massive mascot boom.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals