Oct 9, 2014

Abe may meet Putin for informal talks next week in Italy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering making informal contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Europe Meeting summit in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 16 and 17, according to government sources. Abe hopes that staying in touch with the Russian leader will help make progress ...

May 11, 2014

Japan to track visa-free visitors to Russian-held islands

The government will set up a database to track Japanese who visit the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido via the visa waiver program in an effort to attract new visitors and widen public understanding of the situation, a government source said Sunday. Without data on the ...

Mar 3, 2014

Abe between rock and hard place after Putin nabs Crimea


Russia's deployment of troops on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine put Japan in a difficult position Monday, as Tokyo, which has tried to build closer ties with Moscow, joined its Group of Seven counterparts to issue a statement strongly condemning Russia. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

Jan 14, 2014

Mori pitches Olympics 'for new age'

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Tuesday prior to his official appointment as chairman of the 2020 Olympics organizing committee that he will strive to make the event appropriate for "a new age." "I wasn't thinking of chairing the committee, but once I agreed to ...

Lavrov to visit in fall; talks on isle row eyed

Jun 19, 2013

Lavrov to visit in fall; talks on isle row eyed

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday that Moscow would dispatch its top diplomat to Japan this fall to boost political dialogue, a Japanese official said. The leaders also confirmed that talks on an island dispute that has prevented the two ...