Kono: Govt. Identifies Jumpei Yasuda

Kono: Govt. identifies Jumpei Yasuda

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japanese embassy officials in Turkey have confirmed that the man released by Syrian militants is freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda.

Kono revealed this to reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Kono Stresses Japan's Commitment To Arctic

Kono stresses Japan's commitment to Arctic

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has expressed his country's commitment to the development of the Arctic.

Konno was speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland on Friday.

Kono Talks About Japan's Aid To Africa

Kono talks about Japan's aid to Africa

Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan takes into consideration the financial state of a recipient when providing foreign aid.

Kono spoke at the ministerial meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD on Saturday.

Kono Expresses Hope For Improved China Ties

Kono expresses hope for improved China ties

Foreign Minister Taro Kono has indicated Japan's willingness to cooperate with China on infrastructure projects for developing countries.

Kono made the remarks in a speech on Friday at Georgetown University in Washington. He is a graduate of the university.

Kono To Likely Meet Lavrov

Kono to likely meet Lavrov

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is planning to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, next week.

The meeting may take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Kono: Postponement Of Pompeo's Trip Justified

Kono: Postponement of Pompeo's trip justified

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has called the postponement of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to North Korea justifiable.

He also stressed that Japan will continue working closely with the United States to bring about the denuclearization of North Korea.

Kono Marks Immigration Anniversary In Hawaii

Kono marks immigration anniversary in Hawaii

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has visited Hawaii to mark the 150th year since Japanese people first immigrated there.

Kono visited the National Cemetery of the Pacific on Tuesday and paid tribute to fallen soldiers, including Japanese-Americans who served in the US military during World War Two.

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.

Kono Leaves For Tour Of Central And South America

Kono leaves for tour of Central and South America

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has set off on an 8-day tour of Central and South America.

Kono left Narita Airport, outside Tokyo, on Sunday afternoon. He will visit Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Mexico before returning to Japan next Sunday.

Kono Urges Solidarity Levy For Developing Nations

Kono urges solidarity levy for developing nations

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has called for an international solidarity levy to raise funds to help developing countries address poverty and other issues. Kono made the proposal at a symposium in Tokyo on Thursday.

The Foreign Ministry says 14 countries, including France and South Korea, have introduced the levy. These countries tax air tickets charged to passengers taking off from airports in the territories of countries implementing the scheme.

Kono To Tell U.s. That Japan Is Willing To Help Denuke N. Korea

Kono to tell U.S. that Japan is willing to help denuke N. Korea

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to offer his nation's assistance in the denuclearization of North Korea when he meets with his U.S. counterpart, Mike Pompeo, on July 8 in Tokyo.

In their meeting, the U.S. secretary of state is expected to brief Kono on the progress of negotiations between the United States and North Korea. While monitoring the progress, the Japanese government will promote the coordination of a summit between Japan and North Korea.

Pompeo To Meet Kono After Visit To N.korea

Pompeo to meet Kono after visit to N.Korea

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says he will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this weekend.

The meeting will take place in Japan after Pompeo visits North Korea later this week. He is expected to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials in Pyongyang to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Kono: Global Unity Important Until North's Cvid

Kono: Global unity important until North's CVID

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says it is important for the global community to unite and maintain pressure on North Korea.

Speaking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Kono said the pressure should continue until North Korea accomplishes denuclearization in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.