Japan recently hosted the foreign ministers of a couple Caribbean islands at a meeting in Tokyo called the Japan-Caricom ministerial conference chaired by Japanese foreign minister Katsuya Okada. The Caribbean ministers brought up topics such as climate change, earthquake-hit Haiti, reform of the Security Council and the global economic crisis.
Japan claims it’s aim is to deepen cooperation with Caribbean nations to win their support for its bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council as well as ways to tackle global warming while critics warn that Japan is seeking support as a whaling nation – a claim that Tokyo has always denied.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.