Fumio Kishida

US 'fully committed' to defend Japan against North Korea

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) talks to Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Japan on Sunday the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats, after securing a commitment from China to rein in the unpredictable regime.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

G8 ministers condemn North Korea ‘in strongest terms’

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, talks with Russia's Sergey Lavrov at the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London. Photo: AP

G8 foreign ministers strongly condemned North Korea over its nuclear programme and said Thursday they were appalled by the rising death toll in Syria as they wrapped up two days of talks that focused on the two spiralling crises.

12 Apr 2013 - 11:20am

Japan seeks summit with China over Diaoyus dispute as early as May

Fumio Kishida

Japan would seek a bilateral summit between its prime minister and China's new leaders as early as May as part of efforts to defuse a continuing diplomatic row over disputed islands, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

Japan to give patrol boats to Manila amid China tensions

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship (left) shoots water at a fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists near the Diaoyu Islands last month. Photo: Reuters

Japan plans to donate patrol boats costing US$11 million each to the Philippines, ramping up regional efforts to monitor China’s maritime activity in disputed waters, a newspaper said on Monday.

The Japanese government plans to finance the deal in its fiscal this year budget starting in April and hopes to officially sign it early next year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippines warns of 'very threatening' actions by Beijing in South China Sea

 Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Manila on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

The Philippines’ top diplomat warned on Thursday that “very threatening” actions by China in staking its claims to contested waters are posing a risk to stability in Asia.

10 Jan 2013 - 7:19pm 1 comment

Japan increases military budget amid tension with Beijing

Fumio Kishida

Japan is to spend more than US$1 billion to expand radar coverage and military surveillance flights in its first increase in military spending in more than a decade as the newly elected Liberal Democratic Party fleshes out its approach to dealing with an emboldened China.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:45am