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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.