Kono-lavrov Meeting Being Arranged For Jan. 14

Kono-Lavrov meeting being arranged for Jan. 14

Japan and Russia are making final adjustments for their foreign ministers to meet next month to discuss a peace treaty.

Taro Kono and Sergey Lavrov may meet in Moscow on January 14th. The focal point of their talks is a territorial dispute over four Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan.

Ieiri Leo Reveals Short Pv For 'kono Sekai De'

Ieiri Leo reveals short PV for 'Kono Sekai de'

Ieiri Leo has revealed the short PV for her new song "Kono Sekai de." 

"Kono Sekai de" is the opening theme for movie 'Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch' to open in theaters on February 9 and will be released as Ieiri's new single on January 30. Directed by Mitch Nakano, the PV shows Ieiri singing at three locations: a beach in Kujukuri, Chiba, atop a building in Tokyo, and the director's home. 

Kono, Kang Discuss Wartime Labor Rulings

Kono, Kang discuss wartime labor rulings

The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea have held phone talks amid strained ties over the South Korean Supreme Court's rulings on wartime labor.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke for about 30 minutes before noon on Wednesday.

Kono: Seoul Ruling Is Challenge To Int'l Law

Kono: Seoul ruling is challenge to int'l law

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has condemned South Korea's Supreme Court ruling on wartime compensation, calling it a challenge against international law.

Kono made the remarks in a speech on Sunday in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture.

Kono Urges S.korea To Take Resolute Response

Kono urges S.Korea to take resolute response

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korea to take a resolute response to the country's Supreme Court ruling regarding wartime compensation.

Kono had a telephone conversation with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on Wednesday morning. This comes a day after the South Korean top court ordered a Japanese firm to pay compensation to 4 Korean men.

Kono Urges S.korea To Issue Stern Response

Kono urges S.Korea to issue stern response

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korea to respond sternly and resolutely to the country's Supreme Court ruling regarding wartime compensation.

Kono had a telephone conversation with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on Wednesday morning, a day after the South Korean top court ordered a Japanese firm to pay compensation to 4 Korean workers.

Kono Calls On Seoul To Respond Appropriately

Kono calls on Seoul to respond appropriately

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korea to respond appropriately to Tuesday's ruling by the country's Supreme Court on wartime compensation.

The court ordered a Japanese firm to compensate 4 Korean men who say they were forced to work at steel mills during World War Two.

Kono: Ruling Is Unacceptable

Kono: Ruling is unacceptable

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Tuesday's ruling by South Korea's Supreme Court on wartime labor is totally unacceptable, and that his country will respond resolutely.

The court on Tuesday ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to compensate 4 Korean men who say they were forced to work at steel mills during World War Two.

Kono Thanks Jordan For Yasuda's Release

Kono thanks Jordan for Yasuda's release

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has expressed his gratitude to the Jordanian government for its efforts to secure the release of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was held by militants in Syria for more than 3 years.

Kono met Saturday with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, on the sidelines of an international conference in Bahrain.

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 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.