Seoul calls on Abe to address past wrongs

2015-03-20 19:02

South Korea’s foreign ministry has called on Japan’s prime minister to include an expression of "sincere repentance" for wartime atrocities in a historic address he is expected to make to the Congress.

UN officials: Women are key in tackling disaster

2015-03-16 14:13

Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

Japan minister denies illegal funding

2015-02-27 13:15

Japan's environment minister has denied wrongdoing after a newspaper said his office appeared to have received improper funds.

Japan farm minister quits over money scandal

2015-02-23 16:30

Japan's farm minister has resigned after being accused of accepting illegal political funds, in a first blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet.

Ex-advisor to Japan PM praises Apartheid

2015-02-13 11:44

A former adviser to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has praised apartheid as a model for immigration, prompting a government spokesperson to emphasise that Japan's immigration policy was based on equality.

Hostage killings highlight threats for Japan

2015-02-03 12:35

The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by ISIS has violently driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances.

Japan, Jordan continue worry over nationals

2015-01-30 14:53

Japan and Jordan are working closely to find out what has happened to two of their nationals being held by ISIS.

Japan studying latest message by ISIS

2015-01-29 10:38

Japan is studying the latest message purportedly from ISIS, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the group.

Stunned Japan working to secure last hostage release

2015-01-26 11:45

Japan is working to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, after a video surfaced purportedly showing a second hostage being killed.

ISIS confirms execution of Japanese hostage

2015-01-25 22:31

The Islamic State group has confirmed that its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage.


Tunisia attack: Japan confirms deaths of 3 nationals

2015-03-19 07:49

Japan has confirmed the deaths of three of its nationals in the attack on tourists in Tunisia, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying three others were injured.

Japan PM Abe faces questions about political donations

2015-03-03 11:27

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he received donations from firms that got government subsidies, the first time he himself has faced questions about potentially improper donations.

Japan panel discusses PM speech for anniversary of WWII end

2015-02-25 17:02

A panel of experts appointed by Japan’s PM has met for the first time to discuss what he should say in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

SA official lodges complaint against apartheid column

2015-02-16 08:46

South Africa's ambassador to Japan has complained to a conservative Japanese newspaper about a recent column that advocated separate residences for foreign workers modelled on Apartheid.

New law to require workaholic Japanese to chill out

2015-02-06 13:15

A new law will require workaholic Japanese to take days off without worrying about resentment.

Kenji Goto's wife devastated after slaying

2015-02-02 13:29

The wife of slain Japanese hostage Kenji Goto say that she was devastated but proud of her husband, who was beheaded by ISIS.

ISIS hostage swop hopes fading

2015-01-30 08:33

A possible prisoner swap deadline reportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot has passed with no sign of whether the two men are still alive.

Hostage mom’s plea: Please save Kenji

2015-01-28 11:49

The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists has appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.

Japan stunned by ISIS video

2015-01-26 06:13

A video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed has sent shock waves through Japan.

Obama, Cameron condemn Japan hostage murder

2015-01-25 14:05

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killing of two Japanese hostages by the ISIS, announced in a video that has not yet been officially authenticated.

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