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Mexico expels North Korean ambassador in response to nuclear test

Saturday morning’s Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Nikkei wrote that the Mexican government announced on Thursday that it has declared North Korea’s ambassador to Mexico “persona non grata” and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours in response to Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test. The papers noted that Vice President Pence called on Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Peru to break off….Read more

  • September 9, 2017
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INTERNATIONAL > Western Hemisphere

LDP Diet members send letter to Ontario, Canada on bill to create Nanjing Massacre Remembrance Day

Fourteen Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Diet members led by former House of Representatives Vice Speaker Seishiro Eto sent a letter to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in light of moves in the province to create a “Nanjing Massacre Remembrance Day.” The LDP lawmakers asserted in the letter that “designating such a day may provoke an undesirable dispute between the countries concerned.”….Read more

  • August 21, 2017
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Japan taps special assistant to minister as ambassador to Italy

TOKYO — The Japanese government on Tuesday appointed Keiichi Katakami, special assistant to the foreign minister, as ambassador to Italy.   Katakami served as chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact earlier this year.   The government also named Yoshiharu Kato, consul general of Japan in Surabaya, as ambassador to Mauritius, Hiroyasu Izumi as ambassador to Bangladesh, Akio….Read more

  • August 1, 2017
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Costa Rica seeks FTA with Japan

By Michinobu Yanagisawa / Japan News Assistant Editor   Costa Rica is aiming to reach a free trade agreement and an investment pact with Japan as part of the Central American country’s strategy to diversify its economy based on business-friendly but environmentally conscious development platforms, Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora said in an interview with The Japan News on Thursday.….Read more

  • June 22, 2017
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Japan names new ambassadors to Greece, El Salvador, Georgia

The Japanese government on Tuesday appointed Yasuhiro Shimizu, a 60-year-old former chief of the Secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, as new ambassador to Greece, effective Thursday.   The government also named Kazuyoshi Higuchi, a 63-year-old senior official of Sumitomo Corp., as ambassador to El Salvador, and Tadaharu Uehara, a 62-year-old adviser to Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co.,….Read more

  • June 20, 2017
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan names new ambassadors to Paraguay, Brunei, Fiji

TOKYO — The Japanese government on Friday appointed Naohiro Ishida, a 66-year-old former senior bureaucrat of the internal affairs ministry, as new ambassador to Paraguay, effective immediately.   The government also tapped Motohiko Kato, the 62-year-old envoy to Britain, as ambassador to Brunei, and Masahiro Omura, the 61-year-old consul general in Seattle, as ambassador to the Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu….Read more

  • June 2, 2017
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Gist of PM Abe’s press conference in Italy

After the Group of Seven (G-7) summit meeting among major industrialized nations held in Taormina, Italy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a press conference to Japanese and foreign reporters at a hotel near Taormina on the afternoon of May 27 (local time, at night on JST). The following is the gist of the press conference.   G-7 summit   The….Read more

  • May 29, 2017
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Editorial: Solidify unity among G-7 nations to avoid ‘America first’ isolation

Avoiding the isolation of the United States and solidifying unity is a way to maintain the influence of the Group of Seven major industrialized countries. The G-7 summit held in Taormina, Italy, ended its meeting with the adoption of a statement by world leaders. Regarding free trade, a focal point of the summit this time, the statement included the wording….Read more

  • May 29, 2017
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Japan, Argentina agree in principle on investment pact

TOKYO – Japan and Argentina reached agreement in principle on an investment pact when their leaders met Friday in Tokyo, and expressed hope for its early conclusion and entry into force to strengthen their economic relationship.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Argentine President Mauricio Macri welcomed the broad agreement on the pact and agreed to “strengthen interactions between….Read more

  • May 19, 2017
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Argentine president to visit Japan from May 18-20

Argentine President Mauricio Macri will pay a three-day official visit to Japan from May 18, the Japanese government said Tuesday.   Macri is set to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the trip. He will also meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.   Macri’s visit to Japan will be his first since becoming president in 2015. He and….Read more

  • April 25, 2017
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