WTO picks Japan's Ihara as next chair of General Council

Business Mar 7, 2018

WTO picks Japan's Ihara as next chair of General Council

The World Trade Organization on Wednesday selected Junichi Ihara, Japan's representative in Geneva, as the next chairman of the WTO General Council. Ihara, who will hold the post for a one-year term, becomes the second Japanese to head the General Council following Shotaro Oshima, who ...

National Oct 24, 2014

North Korea has list of Japanese residents: sources

North Korea has compiled a list of Japanese nationals who remained there after the end of World War II, and of the Japanese wives of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents of Japan who moved to the North under a 1959-1984 repatriation project, sources say. The Japanese government ...

National Oct 1, 2014

Japan plans to send officials to North Korea for abduction details

Japan is planning to send government officials to North Korea to learn details about its investigations into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang, government sources said Tuesday. "Even if we dispatch (officials to North Korea), there would probably be no risk," one source ...

National Sep 29, 2014

Japan, North Korea meet for update on probe into abductees

North Korean officials provided an update Monday on Pyongyang's investigation, launched nearly three months ago, into the fate of at least 12 and possibly hundreds of Japanese nationals believed to have been abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. They met with Japanese officials in the ...

National / Politics Jul 2, 2014

Diplomats in Beijing mull ways to improve Sino-Japanese ties

A high-ranking Foreign Ministry official from Tokyo and his new Chinese counterpart on Tuesday "apparently" discussed ways to improve deteriorated relations between the two countries, NHK television reported. Visiting Beijing, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, talked with ...

North ready to discuss abductions again

National / Politics Mar 31, 2014

North ready to discuss abductions again

North Korea has become open to discussing the abduction issue with Japan again and the two countries agreed Monday in Beijing to carry on with governmental talks. During the first formal negotiations in more than a year, Japan appears to have demanded North Korea reinvestigate ...

Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

National / Politics Mar 30, 2014

Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

At their first formal talks since November 2012, senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats on Sunday agreed to work toward settling "outstanding issues" impeding bilateral ties. The meeting, to end Monday in Beijing, was held amid mixed signals from North Korea over its willingness to ...