Abe Meets Myanmar Military Chief

Abe meets Myanmar military chief

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on Myanmar's military chief to address allegations of human rights violations against minority Rohingya Muslims.

Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since Myanmar's security forces launched a massive sweep operation against Rohingya militants in 2017.

Toyota Chief Engineer Says Next 86 Has To Surpass The Supra

Toyota Chief Engineer Says Next 86 Has To Surpass The Supra

Details about the second generation of the Toyota 86 are sketchy at best, but according to the automaker’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, who led the development of both the 86 and the A90 Supra, the next-gen compact sports car will be even better than the original.

Japan, S.korea Begin Bureau Chief-level Talks

Japan, S.Korea begin bureau chief-level talks

Japan and South Korea have held diplomatic bureau chief-level talks in Japan in an attempt to ease strained bilateral relations.

Talks between the Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Shigeki Takizaki, and his counterpart, Kim Jung-han, began at the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo at around 9 a.m. on Friday.

Ipc Chief: No Problems With 2020 Paralympic Medals

IPC chief: No problems with 2020 Paralympic medals

The head of the International Paralympic Committee has dismissed South Korea's claim that the medals for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics should be changed because their design allegedly resembles the "Rising Sun" flag.

IPC President Andrew Parsons spoke with reporters on Thursday after meeting in Tokyo with delegates of the nations and territories that will take part in the games.

Boj Chief Kuroda, Abe Discuss Economy

BOJ chief Kuroda, Abe discuss economy

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has held a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the global economy and financial markets.

Kuroda visited the prime minister's office on Thursday and talked with Abe for about 40 minutes.

Japan Defense Chief Reacts To Projectile Firing

Japan defense chief reacts to projectile firing

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says officials have confirmed that no North Korean projectiles have entered Japan's territory or its exclusive economic zone.

Iwaya spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning shortly after North Korea fired projectiles twice earlier in the day.

Un Chief Warns Of Seriousness Of Climate Change

UN chief warns of seriousness of climate change

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned international society about the serious global situation caused by pollution and climate change.

Guterres sat down for an exclusive interview with NHK on Thursday in Yokohama, where he attended a meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD.

Defense Chief: N.korean Missiles Are New Type

Defense chief: N.Korean missiles are new type

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the two short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on Saturday were a new type of weapon.

Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that his ministry arrived at the judgment after comparing the launches to other missiles and projectiles North Korea has fired in the past.

Infiniti Installs Taisuke Nakamura As New Design Chief

Infiniti installs Taisuke Nakamura as new design chief

The cubicles and corner offices at Infiniti HQ in Japan continue to change hands. Infiniti Global Design Chief Karim Habib, only in that position for about two years since leaving BMW in 2017, has left the Japanese luxury brand "to pursue other opportunities." In his place, Nissan has elevated Taisuke Nakamura, a 26-year company veteran who is currently Nissan's program design director responsible for global design strategy, and concept car and production vehicle design. Nakamura has a stout design résumé in service to both Nissan and Infiniti, having worked on the Qs Inspiration sedan concept (above) shown at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, the QX Inspiration crossover concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show this year (below), and the Prototype 10 speedster concept revealed at Pebble Beach last year (bottom). All of those were electric concepts, making Nakamura the point man for Infiniti's push into electric vehicles and hybrids, and the carmaker's introduction of a new design language. Last year, Infiniti said it would have a new EV on the market in 2021, as well as "e-Power" series hybrids with small battery packs charged by gas-powered generators.   Those EVs should fully embody the brand's new design DNA, seen initially in the recent concepts. The automaker said around the Qs reveal that the new "aesthetics are underpinned by Infiniti's desire to challenge convention and design cars which are engaging, enriching, enabling and enchanting – what the company calls its ‘4EN' approach to design." At the QX reveal in January, Habib said that as engineers made a "shift towards smarter, more compact and less intrusive powertrains, we were able to create an alternative form with flowing gestures, more engaging in character and more enriching in experience. With its long cabin, balanced proportions and muscular stance, the concept heralds in a new era for Infiniti models." Infiniti said Nakamura takes up his post next week, Sept. 1, and will report to the same boss he has now, Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's global design head. Aside from Habib, other top non-Japanese Nissan executives such as Daniele Schillaci, Jose Munoz and Trevor Mann have left the Japanese automaker in the recent past, since the arrest of Carlos Ghosn. The former chairman, who faces charges of fraud and misconduct, is awaiting trial in Japan over charges including enriching himself at a cost of $5 million to Nissan, Japan's No. 2 automaker. Information from Reuters was used in this report.

Abe Meets New Pentagon Chief Esper

Abe meets new Pentagon chief Esper

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper have agreed to strengthen the alliance between the two countries. Esper voiced concern over China, and also said that the US is committed to North Korea's denuclearization.

The meeting took place at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Wednesday. Esper is on his first visit to Japan since assuming his post in July.

Iaea Chief Yukiya Amano Dies At 72

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies at 72

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Monday that its director general, Yukiya Amano, has died. He was 72.

The UN nuclear watchdog said in an announcement that it regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Amano.

Iaea Chief Yukiya Amano Dies

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies

The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced the death of its director general, Yukiya Amano. He was 72.

In 2009, Amano became the first Japanese to take the post. He was serving his third term, which was set to expire in 2021.