Japan's New Foreign Minister Sworn in
Takeaki Matsumoto was sworn-in as Japan's new foreign minister at an attestation ceremony on Wednesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.


Japanese FM Announces Resignation over Illegal Donation
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on Sunday announced his resignation amid growing calls for him to do so for illegally receiving a donation from a South Korean supporter.
• Takeaki Matsumoto Appointed as Japan's New FM
Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Wednesday appointed State Foreign Secretary Takeaki Matsumoto as foreign minister following Seiji Maehara's resignation Sunday over an illegal donation.
• China Willing to Maintain Good Working Relationship with Next Japanese FM Whoever He Is: Yang Jiechi
China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Monday he is ready to maintain good working relations with the next Japanese foreign minister whoever he is.
• Edano to Temporarily Double as Japan's FM
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano will temporarily double as foreign minister after Seiji Maehara resigned Sunday over illegal political donation.
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About Seiji Maehara
Seiji Maehara is the former Foreign Minister of Japan and a neoconservative legislator. A member of the House of Representatives of Japan, Maehara is also a former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
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Japan-Russia Relations
• Moscow Invites Japan to Invest Jointly in Disputed Islands
• Russia Bans Entry of 2 Japanese Radical Groups
• Japanese Official Inspects from Air Disputed Islands
• Japanese FM Snubs Russia's Caution over Islands Dispute
• Russia, Japan Eye Cooperation on Disputed Islands Despite Conflicting Claims
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Japan-China Relations
• China Willing to Maintain Good Working Relationship with Next Japanese FM Whoever He Is: Yang Jiechi
China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Monday he is ready to maintain good working relations with the next Japanese foreign minister whoever he is.
• Japanese PM Wants to Improve China Ties
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Sunday that Japan is ready to reconstruct relations with China in cultural, economic, political and other areas, the Jiji Press reported.
• China, Japan Hold Security Dialogue in Beijing
China and Japan on Thursday agreed to strengthen cooperation in security issues to push forward their strategic, mutually beneficial relationship.
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Ties with Other Countries
• DPRK Media Urges Japan to Settle Historical Issues
• ASEAN, Japan Officials Meet to Intensity Anti-Terrorism Efforts
• DPRK Accuses Japan of Illegal Whaling
• China, Japan and South Korea Agree to Promote Cultural Exchange
• Japanese FM in S.Korea to Discuss DPRK Issues
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