The foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to promote cooperation for other countries in Asia in such areas as environmental conservation and disaster risk reduction.
Taro Kono of Japan, Wang Yi of China and Kang Kyung-wha of South Korea drew up a paper on "Trilateral+X" cooperation at their meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.
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.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged Japan's support for Pacific island nations in efforts to protect the maritime order.
Abe delivered the keynote speech at a meeting on Saturday of Pacific island leaders in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. Leaders from 16 countries and 2 French territories in the South Pacific are participating.
By Mutsumi Morita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer The comical-looking samurai has quite a big head for his body, and his black eyes are always roving around. He's just bought a sword and wants to test it, so he tries to attack a masseuse and an express messenger, only to find himself beaten.
The samurai is the lead character of "Namakuragatana" (The Dull Sword), which was released in 1917. It is the oldest surviving piece of animation in Japan.