EghtesadOnline: Japan will not join a US-led security mission to purportedly protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, but will consider deploying its naval force independently, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday.
EghtesadOnline: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday Tokyo will continue to work for Middle East stability.
EghtesadOnline: Senior Iranian and Japanese officials met in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on Tuesday to discuss Middle East security and latest developments in diplomatic efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal following the US exit.
EghtesadOnline: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to set off on a tour of China, Japan and Malaysia at the head of a delegation on Sunday as part of an initiative to pursue “proactive” and “balanced” diplomacy.
EghtesadOnline: The 26th round of Tehran-Tokyo political consultations was held in the Iranian capital on Saturday between Japan's Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori and his Iranian counterpart, Abbas Araqchi.
EghtesadOnline: In an apparent tit-for-tat move, South Korea said Monday it will remove Japan from its "whitelist" of trusted trade partners, an act that risks further exacerbating tensions between the two US allies.
EghtesadOnline: Japan will continue importing crude oil from the Middle East despite escalating tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, but will also make efforts to diversify supply sources, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko said Tuesday.
EghtesadOnline: Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected US request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.
EghtesadOnline: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering holding talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when he visits New York in September to attend a session of the UN General Assembly, government sources said on Wednesday.
EghtesadOnline: The government of Japan will extend a $2.5 million Emergency Grant Aid to Iran for damage caused by the floods that devastated the country at the beginning of the current Iranian year (started March 21).