Japanese Ambassador

'Open style' of Japan's outgoing China envoy Uichiro Niwa cost him his job

Uichiro Niwa

Japan's outgoing ambassador to China, Uichiro Niwa, helped improve economic ties between the two countries but his lack of political skills in handling the territorial dispute in the East China Sea cost him his job, mainland analysts said.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 5:36am

Briefs, November 17, 2012

The deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' information department, Hua Chunying, had been appointed a spokeswoman, Xinhua said yesterday.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:01am

Japan picks Masato Kitera as ambassador to China

Masato Kitera, 59, is a career diplomat. Photo: SCMP

The Japanese government has picked as ambassador to China a career diplomat who nonetheless has little Chinese experience, to help ease escalating Sino-Japanese tensions.

Japanese broadcaster NHK and Kyodo news agency reported yesterday that Tokyo had picked Masato Kitera to replace its current ambassador Uichiro Niwa.

6 Oct 2012 - 10:24am

Japan's new ambassador to China dies before making it to Beijing

The newly appointed Japanese envoy to China died in a Tokyo hospital yesterday, officials said, ruling out any link to growing anti-Japan protests in Chinese cities as a result of an escalating territorial row over a chain of islands in the East China Sea.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:34am

Japan's new China envoy collapses in Tokyo

The new Japanese ambassador to China was taken to hospital in in Tokyo yesterday, with media reporting he had collapsed unconscious.

Shinichi Nishimiya, who was officially appointed on Tuesday, collapsed on the street near his home in the Shibuya district of the Japanese capital. Kyodo News said the ambassador was unconscious.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:22am

Japan appoints Shinichi Nishimiya as new ambassador to China

Shinichi Nishimiya is set to take office next month or later.

Career diplomat Shinichi Nishimiya will replace Uichiro Niwa as Japan's ambassador to China, Tokyo announced yesterday.

Niwa, 73, the first private-sector appointee to become ambassador to China, has been criticised in Japan for his perceived pro-China stance on a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

12 Sep 2012 - 9:43am

Man arrested for ripping flag from Japanese ambassador's car

Ambassador Uichiro Niwa

A man suspected of ripping a Japanese flag from a car carrying Japanese ambassador Uichiro Niwa was arrested by Beijing police yesterday, as both countries sought to ease tensions over the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.

30 Aug 2012 - 8:11am