Kono: Stance On Russian-held Isles Unchanged

Kono: Stance on Russian-held isles unchanged

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan has not altered its legal claim to four Russian-controlled islands, known as the Northern Territories, despite dropping a phrase from an annual foreign policy report.

Unlike in years past, the report does not state that "four Russian-controlled islands belong to Japan."

Kono, Wang Agree On Bilateral Ties, G20

Kono, Wang agree on bilateral ties, G20

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi have reaffirmed the need to develop bilateral relations and also work closely together for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka in June. Chinese President Xi Jinping is to attend the summit.

At talks in Beijing on Monday, Wang said the two countries need to further advance the prospects for developing ties. He expressed hope about taking relations to the next level.

Kono Calls For Strengthened Japan-china Ties

Kono calls for strengthened Japan-China ties

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says he wants to see strengthened ties between Japan and China as this year marks a major milestone for each of the countries.

Kono held talks with Chinese university students learning Japanese on Saturday. He is in Beijing to attend high-level economic talks.

Kono Meets S.korean Envoy Over Seafood Import Ban

Kono meets S.Korean envoy over seafood import ban

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has asked the South Korean ambassador to Japan to convey to his country that Japan hopes to seek a solution to the fishery products trade dispute through bilateral talks.

Kono met with South Korean Ambassador Lee Su-hoon in Tokyo on Friday.

Kono Disagrees With Us Stand On Golan Heights

Kono disagrees with US stand on Golan Heights

Japan's foreign minister says his country does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights and has informed the US government of its position on the matter.

Taro Kono addressed the Lower House foreign affairs committee on Wednesday.

Kono: Japan Will Not Toe Us Line On Iran

Kono: Japan will not toe US line on Iran

Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan will not follow the United States in labeling Iran's elite military force a terrorist group.

US President Donald Trump issued a statement on Monday designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

Kono: Ghosn Rearrest Won't Affect Ties

Kono: Ghosn rearrest won't affect ties

Japan's foreign minister says the rearrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is not likely to affect relations between Japan and France.

Taro Kono met his French counterpart on Friday in France.

Fm Kono Cancels Duties Due To Poor Health

FM Kono cancels duties due to poor health

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has canceled his official duties on Friday because of poor health.

The Foreign Ministry says that Kono was diagnosed on Thursday with pyelonephritis, a condition triggered by a bacterial infection of the kidneys.

Kono: Us Expected Little Progress In Hanoi Summit

Kono: US expected little progress in Hanoi summit

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has disclosed that the United States told Japan before the second US-North Korea summit that little progress was expected.

Kono told a Lower House committee on Friday that it's disappointing that the summit in Vietnam broke down without any agreement. But he said Washington had expressed pessimism during working-level talks with Japan before the summit.

Kono: Nuclear Deal Before Us Election Desirable

Kono: Nuclear deal before US election desirable

Japan's foreign minister has expressed hope for reaching a nuclear deal between the United States and North Korea before the 2020 US presidential election.

Taro Kono was speaking to reporters on Friday ahead of the planned second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam.

Kono Calls For New Treaty If Us Withdraws From Inf

Kono calls for new treaty if US withdraws from INF

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has suggested that if the United States quits the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a new treaty that would cover nuclear powers including China should be created.

Kono spoke to reporters on Friday. The United States is likely to withdraw from the INF treaty it signed with the Soviet Union in 1987.