Trump To Visit Japan In May, Meet New Emperor

Trump to visit Japan in May, meet new Emperor

Japanese government officials say US President Donald Trump is likely to visit Japan as a state guest in late May. He is expected to become the first foreign leader the new Emperor will meet after ascending the throne.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump spoke over the telephone on Wednesday. The conversation came in conjunction with the second US-North Korea summit in Vietnam next week.

Malala To Visit Japan In March

Malala to visit Japan in March

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai will visit Tokyo in March for an international conference. This will be her first trip to Japan.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Malala will take part in the two-day World Assembly for Women, which will open on March 23rd. Other participants include the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and foreign ministers.

S. Korean Navy Commander Cancels Visit To Japan

S. Korean Navy commander cancels visit to Japan

The South Korean Defense Ministry has announced that a senior Navy official has cancelled a visit to Japan planned for next month.

Spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo told reporters on Monday that the commander of the Korean Navy's First Fleet, Rear Admiral Kim Myung-soo, cited a scheduling conflict as the reason.

Qatar's Amir To Begin 3-day Visit To Japan

Qatar's amir to begin 3-day visit to Japan

Qatar's amir will start his three-day visit to Japan on Monday. He will likely call on the Japanese government and businesses to boost economic cooperation.

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Merkel To Visit Japan In February, Meet With Abe

Merkel to visit Japan in February, meet with Abe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Japan early next month to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Friday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Merkel will arrive for a two-day visit on February fourth. She will hold talks and have dinner with Abe.

Pope Eyes November Japan Visit

Pope eyes November Japan visit

Pope Francis has expressed his desire to visit Japan this November. It would be his first trip to Japan as head of the Catholic Church.

The pope was speaking to reporters on Wednesday en route to Panama.

Abe To Visit Russia, Switzerland

Abe to visit Russia, Switzerland

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to visit Russia and Switzerland next week.

Abe said at a meeting of government and ruling party officials on Tuesday that he will visit the two countries between January 21st and 24th.

Crowds Visit Palace For Emperor's Birthday

Crowds visit palace for Emperor's birthday

Nearly 83,000 people visited the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo on Sunday to celebrate Emperor Akihito's 85th birthday.

The Emperor, Empress Michiko and other members of the Imperial family appeared on the palace balcony three times to greet well-wishers in the morning.

Pope Expresses His Will To Visit Japan

Pope expresses his will to visit Japan

Pope Francis has expressed his desire to visit Japanese cities, including Tokyo and Nagasaki, at the end of 2019, according to Japanese clerics.

The Pope met Japan's Cardinal Manyo Maeda and archbishop of Nagasaki Mitsuaki Takami on Monday at the Vatican.

Iwaya Plans To Visit Okinawa Soon For Talks

Iwaya plans to visit Okinawa soon for talks

Japan's defense minister plans to visit Okinawa soon to discuss with the prefecture's governor the planned move of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.

Takeshi Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that he wants to meet Governor Denny Tamaki in Okinawa as soon as possible. Defense ministry sources say he plans to hold the meeting this week.

Miss Intl. Contestants Visit Quake-hit Hokkaido

Miss Intl. contestants visit quake-hit Hokkaido

Beauty pageant contestants from across the world have visited Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, which is still reeling from the impact of a major quake last month.

Women representing 14 countries and regions in this year's Miss International Beauty Pageant visited Hokkaido on Saturday, at the invitation of Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO.

Abe To Visit China, Meet Xi

Abe to visit China, meet Xi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will visit China on the week after next and meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

Abe revealed his schedule at talks in Tokyo on Thursday with the head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Department, Song Tao.