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September 17, 2012

Japan
Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya (File Photo/Courtesy Consulate General of Japan in New York). Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya, 1952–2012

Japan’s newly appointed ambassador to China, Shinichi Nishimiya, passed away suddenly yesterday in Tokyo. He was hospitalized last week after collapsing outside his home. Ambassador Nishimiya was six…

November 20, 2012

Japan
Japanese college students raise their fists at a job-hunting rally in Tokyo February 5, 2009 (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters). A Referendum for Japan

Japan’s politicians have been released from legislative deliberations, and are rushing to prepare for the next Lower House election, scheduled for December 16. The media is in hot pursuit as politici…

February 10, 2012

Japan
Japan's Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba shakes hands with Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka as they are surrounded by media in Tokyo Movement on the Okinawa Base Plan

Yesterday Japan’s foreign minister Koichiro Gemba announced a new effort by the U.S. and Japanese governments to adjust the plan to relocate U.S. Marines currently stationed in Okinawa. The announcem…

January 31, 2012

Japan
Defense Minister Prince Salman receives a commemorative gift from Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba following official talks in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA) Japan’s Iran Sanctions Dilemma

Cutting off Iranian oil imports has put Tokyo in a difficult position. The United States and its European allies have already agreed to up the ante on sanctions against Iran, but the domestic costs t…

December 19, 2011

Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (R) is accompanied by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to a conference room for their landmark summit in Pyongyang in this September 17, 2002 file photo Japan Responds to Kim Jong-il’s Death

Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi (R) is accompanied by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to a conference room for their landmark summit in Pyongyang in this September 17, 2002 file photo (Japa…

June 10, 2010

Japan
Kan’s Kiheitai-Japan’s Militia Kan’s Kiheitai-Japan’s Militia

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Issei Kato On June 4, the national legislators of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) gathered to select Naoto Kan as their party’s new leader, and thus as Japan’s new Prim…