Iwaya Hopes For Stability In Middle East

Iwaya hopes for stability in Middle East

Japan's defense minister says he hopes for a de-escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States.

Takeshi Iwaya spoke to reporters on Tuesday following Iran's announcement that it has quadrupled its capacity to produce low-enriched uranium.

What Zarif Hopes To Gain From Japan Visit

What Zarif hopes to gain from Japan visit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's three-day visit to Japan was apparently arranged hastily. It was announced on Wednesday, the day he arrived.

The visit seems to be part of Iran's efforts to drum up support from the international community in the face of intensifying pressure from the United States.

Japan Officials Express High Hopes For Ticad

Japan officials express high hopes for TICAD

Japanese officials from both the private and public sectors have expressed high hopes for success of the coming Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD.

This year's TICAD meeting will be held in the city of Yokohama, near Tokyo, in August.

Izumo Hopes New English Website Will Woo More Foreign Tourists

Izumo hopes new English website will woo more foreign tourists

IZUMO, Shimane Prefecture--It's "the land of the gods," and home to Izumo Taisha shrine, where all Japan's deities are said to assemble each October, but this city still isn't on the radar for most foreign tourists.

To convey the charms of the city connected to a myriad of myths and legends, Izumo's city government created "Ancient Japan, Izumo," its first English-language website, and enlisted two foreigners to write for it.

High Hopes: Yokohama's Skywalk Set To Reopen This Year

High hopes: Yokohama's Skywalk set to reopen this year

YOKOHAMA--The Skywalk footpath beneath the Yokohama Bay Bridge will open as early as March for the first time in nine years in anticipation of increased visitors eager to watch cruise ships.

The city government intends to promote the observation deck as a sightseeing spot where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Yokohama Port and passenger vessels up close.

Abe Hopes Summit Will Have Positive Results

Abe hopes summit will have positive results

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed hope that the US-North Korea summit will have a positive outcome that will help to achieve a nuclear-free world.

Abe told a Diet committee on Thursday that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs are a huge threat to Japan, and the government has made its stance clear to the United States.

Abductee's Brother Hopes For Development

Abductee's brother hopes for development

The brother of a Japanese national abducted and taken to North Korea over four decades ago says he hopes the second US-North Korea summit will produce something that will lead to a solution of the issue.

Kenichi Ichikawa spoke to reporters on Wednesday ahead of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jon Un in Hanoi.

Abe Hopes For Phone Talks With Trump

Abe hopes for phone talks with Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he hopes to hold telephone talks with US President Donald Trump before a second US-North Korea summit planned for next month.

Abe spoke to reporters in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Wednesday. He is attending the World Economic Forum.

Abe Hopes S. Korea Will Act Responsibly

Abe hopes S. Korea will act responsibly

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed a hope that South Korea would act responsibly in relation to a 2015 bilateral agreement to settle the issue of those referred to as wartime comfort women.

Abe made the comment on Wednesday after South Korea announced the closure of a fund to support such women, set up in line with the agreement.

Abe Hopes Progress At Inter-korean Summit

Abe hopes progress at inter-Korean summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed hope that next week's inter-Korean summit will lead to progress toward North Korea's denuclearization.

Abe met the chief of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon, on Monday.

Kono Hopes Peru Will Complete Tpp Procedures

Kono hopes Peru will complete TPP procedures

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has expressed hope that Peru will complete domestic procedures to help launch the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact as soon as possible.

The TPP will go into force 60 days after at least 6 of the 11 countries complete their domestic procedures. The Japanese Foreign Ministry says Japan and 2 other signatories have already done this.

Abe Hopes To Build Mutual Trust With N.korea

Abe hopes to build mutual trust with N.Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed the hope that mutual trust can be built with North Korea to help resolve the long-standing issue of the abductions of Japanese citizens by the North.

At an Upper House committee meeting on Monday, Abe said North Korea should disclose everything it knows about the abductions and allow all the victims to return home as soon as possible.