Japan demands Russian apology over detention of diplomat for alleged spying

TOKYO – Japan demanded an apology from Russia for what it saw as the unjust detention of one of its diplomats in Vladivostok, who Tokyo said was blindfolded and physically restrained after the Kremlin falsely accused him of spying.   Top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told a regular news briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday that the diplomat […]

Unification Church in Japan vows reform after criticism

TOKYO – The Unification Church in Japan pledged on Thursday to prevent followers from making “excessive” donations, after criticism of its practices following the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe. Abe’s alleged assassin is believed to have resented the sect over massive donations his mother made to the church, leaving his family bankrupt. He […]

Taiwan to send three-person delegation to Abe state funeral in Japan

TAIPEI – Taiwan will send a three-person delegation to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this month, including a former parliament speaker and a former premier, the island’s presidential office said on Thursday. Abe, the longest-serving leader in modern Japan, was fatally shot at close range during a campaign rally […]

Unification Church ex-members in Japan rail at politicians who embraced it

TOKYO – When Mr Sun Myung Moon, the Korean founder of the Unification Church, needed money for its extensive spiritual and business ventures, he would look to Japan, according to some former members. “Senior officials would tell us he needed hundreds of millions of dollars, and that Japan had to pay,” said Kanazawa University Professor […]

IMA and FocusCore Group KK Sign Strategic Alliance to Support Management Accounting Professionals

Montvale, N.J. & Tokyo, Japan, Aug 23, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – To better support the careers of accounting and finance professionals in Japan and greater Asia, IMA(R)(Institute of Management Accountants) has formed a new business partnership with FocusCore, an executive search company focused on serving clients in the APAC region with hiring […]

Japan considers easing strict Covid-19 tests for travellers to enter

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – Japan, the last remaining rich economy with stringent entry requirements, is considering scrapping the need for all travellers entering the country to submit negative Covid-19 test results, the Nikkei newspaper reported. Travellers currently need to submit negative results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Japan. The government […]

China cancels bilateral meeting with Japan after G-7 Taiwan statement

BEIJING (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – The Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday (Aug 4) that a meeting between China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of Asean events in Cambodia has been cancelled. China said the meeting was called off over a G-7 statement expressing concern about Beijing’s “threatening actions” around Taiwan […]

US and Japan pursue commercial diplomacy to counter China, envoy to Tokyo says

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Chips, batteries and energy are key collaboration areas between the United States and Japan as the allies seek to secure supply chains and counter China, Washington’s envoy to Tokyo said. Former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has focused on “commercial diplomacy” since arriving as US ambassador this year, pushing for business tie-ups in […]