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Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks at a news conference on Friday over sexual assault incidents involving U.S. service members.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 14, 2024
Japan lawmakers criticize U.S. for failing to report military assault cases
Meanwhile, the Japanese government has not protested the failure or demanded improvements, saying there was no problem with the U.S. side.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Washington in April. Both leaders face an uphill battle to stay at the helm of their respective parties and countries.
Jul 10, 2024
Japan too is wrestling with a flawed leader
Questions about election prospects plague Biden in the U.S. and Kishida in Japan, with both trying to hang on to their commanding positions despite growing discontent.
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel take part in a joint amphibious landing exercise with Philippine and U.S. troops in San Antonio, in the Philippines' Zambales province, in October 2018.
Jul 8, 2024
Japan and Philippines ink key military pact in defense ties upgrade
The agreement — Tokyo's first with a Southeast Asian nation — will facilitate mutual military visits.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa delivers a speech in Tokyo on Thursday.
Jul 5, 2024
Japan and Cambodia to help countries with land mine removals
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa is set to make the announcement Saturday during her trip to Cambodia.
Gen. Romeo Brawner, the chief of the Philippines' military, speaks at a news conference in Manila on Thursday.
Jul 4, 2024
Philippines hopes to sign key defense pact with Japan
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa are set to meet with their Philippine counterparts in Manila on Monday.
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara heads to a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shangri-la Dialogue security conference in Singapore on June 2. Kihara will attend the upcoming meeting with Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, along with their Philippine counterparts.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 11, 2024
Japan and Philippines to hold ‘two-plus-two’ security talks in July
At the meeting, the two sides could sign a reciprocal access agreement to facilitate mutual visits by the Self-Defense Forces and the Philippine military.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa delivers a video message at an international meeting on nuclear arms reduction held in Yokohama on Tuesday.
May 21, 2024
Global experts' nuke disarmament discussions cover AI's impact
Fifteen experts from nuclear and non-nuclear countries, including the U.S., China, and Russia, participated in the discussions, some joining online.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa in a news conference on Friday in Tokyo
May 10, 2024
Japan raps U.S. officials' remarks about atomic bombings
The comments were "inappropriate and unacceptable" the Foreign Minister told a parliamentary committee meeting.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa meets with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on April 29.
JAPAN / Politics
May 7, 2024
Kamikawa supporting struggling Kishida government on diplomatic front
Some in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are hoping she will become a candidate for the party presidency and lead it through the next general election.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her Sri Lankan counterpart, Ali Sabry, after a bilateral meeting in Colombo on Saturday.
May 4, 2024
Japan seeks Sri Lanka recovery for regional stability
After talks with her Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said that Colombo should secure agreements with bilateral lenders.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (right) meets with UNRWA head  Philippe Lazzarini in Tokyo on March 28.
Apr 2, 2024
Japan resumes funding to embattled Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA
Japan on Tuesday said it will lift its suspension of funding to the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) as the relief body works to regain trust after an allegation that some of its staff were involved in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
Japan vows to launch new dialogue on nuclear material ban treaty
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said that the "Friends" meeting aims to "enhance political attention" to the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa at the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday
Feb 22, 2024
Japan eyes providing $32 million in additional humanitarian aid to Gaza
At a G20 meeting, Japan's top diplomat voiced concern about the "critical humanitarian situation" in the Gaza Strip.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yul meet on the sidelines of a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 major economies in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 22, 2024
Japan and South Korea agree to work on North Korea issues
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her counterpart Cho Tae-yul met in person in Rio de Janeiro.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (far left) and the prime minister of Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mataafa (far right), meet in Apia, the capital of Samoa, on Feb. 10.
Feb 21, 2024
Japan plays a game of Pacific islands geopolitical chess
The influx of Chinese investment and activities have introduced risk for some Pacific island nations, moves which Japan cannot ignore.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (right) presents a gift to a Ukrainian refugee an event at the Keidanren Kaikan in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 19, 2024
As war fatigue grows, Japan pledges long-term support to Ukraine
Describing the aid as an investment in the future, Tokyo emphasized how Japan’s technology and expertise in reconstruction could serve Ukraine’s needs.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks during a ministerial meeting with the 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum held in Suva, Fiji, on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 12, 2024
Japan and Pacific Islands oppose change of status quo amid China clout
The leaders met to lay the groundwork for the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting scheduled in July in Tokyo.
Former Prime Minister Taro Aso speaks during a forum in Taipei in August.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
Ex-PM Aso retracts sexist remarks against top diplomat
In a speech on Sunday, Aso described Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa as an "obasan."
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.”


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